Ballad of Resistance
By Leena Manimekalai
01 April, 2014
"Ballad of Resistance" is a video portrait of indigenous tribal journalist and activist Dayamani Barla, her perseverance and tireless fight against corporations and the state machinery.
The film follows how she, from a humble background became one of the pioneering adivasi journalists of India and later a writer-activist.
Her current leadership in the Anti Displacement Movement with Nagari villagers against land acquisition of 35 villages by State in the name of "development" is the very impetus of Ballad of Resistance.
From a child of bonded labourer parents to a social activist contributing change by giving voice to the myriad problems facing the Munda people and other tribal communities in the Jharkhand region, the life and work of Dayamani Barla's life inspires the film.
Written and Directed by Leena Manimekalai
Produced with the help of IAWRT Documentary Grant.
Festivals : Nepal Human Rights Film Festival, 2013, Signs Film Festival, 2013, Vibgyor Film Festival, 2013, United Nations Premiere
Duration - 42 minutes
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