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Documentary project on Dalits

In commission of the Dutch development organization Cordaid, we made a documentary project about Dalits (pejoratively called 'untouchables') and their insurgent movement in India. The material was collected in spring 2004 during our three-month stay in Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat, where we worked intensively together with Dalit and human rights activists. Dalits - 200 million people, or one fifth of the Indian population - face daily ...

Excerpt from the essay “Dalit lives”

It is morning in Karumbale, a decent living area in Madurai. Pandiamma and Kurgesan are on their way to work; they live in the village of Chakkimangalam not far from Madurai. All 2000 inhabitants are arunthatiyars, manual scavengers and garbage pickers, and they all travel to the city every day to work. Pandiamma cleans a public toilet and the area around it which is used for the same purpose twice a day. Kurgesan collects garbage from private houses. ...

Dalit lives – exhibition

As a part of the Dalit lives project, we made a travelling exhibition about Dalits for the international campaign of Dalit Network Netherlands (DNN). For the sake of easy transport, we chose light, foldable canvas material, on which we printed large images, accompanied by short texts (Dutch/English). The texts highlight the core features of Dalit oppression in India. The inauguration was in May 2005 at the International Institute of Social Studies in ...

Leven als dalit | Dalit lives – book

Paul van der Stap (photos) and Elisa Veini (text): Leven als Dalit - 'Kastelozen' in hedendaags India / Dalit Lives - 'Outcastes' in contemporary India. Rotterdam: Titojoe Documentaries 2005. ISBN 90-809375-1-7 Available in the webshop of Slowdocs publishers.   " (...) In the hierarchy of the traditional Hindu caste system, still an influence in contemporary Indian society, to be a Dalit is to be an outcast, an untouchable. “Castes ...

A woman apart – DVD

  Paul van der Stap (photos) and Elisa Veini: DVD Een vrouw apart: fragmenten uit het leven van Dalit-vrouwen - A woman apart: fragments from the life of Dalit women. Titojoe Documentaries 2005. ISBN 90-809375-2-9  10 minutes, Dutch and English ...

Dalit-Leben – article

Paul van der Stap (photos) and Elisa Veini (text): 'Dalit-Leben, Erfahrungen von Kastelosen in Indien', in: Kommune, Forum für Politik, Ökonomie, Kultur , 2/05, ...