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From Albania to Zaire, there's a whole world out there.

India's caste system...
Topic by: kingturtle
Posted: February 17, 2007 - 3:25 AM PST
Last Reply: August 10, 2007 - 9:58 PM PDT

author topic: India's caste system...
post #1  on February 17, 2007 - 3:25 AM PST  
I teach a 9th grade World History class in New York State. In the next until, we will be studying South Asia. Part of the study will focus on India's caste system. I am looking for movies (available on GreenCine) that contain scenes that successfully dramatize the caste system.

Any suggestions?

post #2  on August 10, 2007 - 9:58 PM PDT  
I'm sorry it's been months since you've asked your question, but my
favorite Indian film regarding caste is "Ankur," starring Shabana
Azmi. It's a serious film from the 70's without songs (of course), it
earned a heap of awards, but it's not available on GreenCine. Sorry.
Your local library might have it:
Excellent film, worth a watch even if you weren't interested in Indian
cinema or caste.

While it's not explicitly about the caste system, "Awaara," which
GreenCine DOES carry, touches on many of the same themes. The 1951
film explores whether the station a man's born into affects who he
will become in life, and shows some of the worst and finest living
conditions. It was nominated for an award at the Cannes film
festival. And it was directed by and stars Raj Kapoor, one of the
leading Indian auteurs of his time.

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