Flames of Freedom: the Ichchapur Declaration

Flames of Freedom: the Ichchapur Declaration

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by Subrat Kumar Sahu
Kosli & Odia, Eng-Subtitles/77mins/2016

About the Film: A sleepy, idyllic Indian village, Ichchapur in southwest Odisha’s Kalahandi district, suddenly wakes up in a spontaneous uprising of Shudras (Dalits, Adivasis, and OBCs) against age-old, Brahmanic-Feudalism. The film captures the momentum and essence of the uprising over a span of more than a year, digs into history and cultural nuances, and builds in a narrative of the struggle through testimonies and voices of the very people in action.

About the Filmmaker: Subrat Kumar Shau works as an Independent Filmmaker, Journalist, and Researcher . His filmography up until this film includes ‘I Sing, therefore I am!’ (2008); DAMaged (2009), All alone and lonely (2010), Drops (2010), Sambhav: it is possible (2012), Mlechha Sanhaara: India’s Kalki Project (2013). Previously, hee has worked in the print and publishing media since 1993 and has been a member of Delhi Platform and IndiaClimateJustice groups. Subrat has done a Film Appreciation Course at FTII, Pune and has a degree in Russian language and literature from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.