Throughout 2017 Prof. William Gould at University of Leeds worked with Indian activist filmmaker and theatre director Dakxin Chhara Bajrange and the members of his theatre company Budhan Theatre in Chharanagar, a settlement on the outskirts of Ahmedabad in the Northwestern Indian state of Gujarat.
Chharanagar is home to the Chhara community, a nomadic tribe of India that became stigmatised as 'Born-Criminal Tribes' by the British Colonial Government in the year 1871 under the ‘Criminal Tribes Act’. Today, the Chhara community continue to face discrimination and stigmatisation. Budhan Theatre is a community-theatre company that works to raise awareness of the Chhara community's struggle, their creativity and their resistance.
These are the final films that were created as part of this project with Budhan Theatre. You can find out more about the process below.
In this short video extract, Dakxin Bajrange Chhara (Director), Ruchika Kodekar (Production Team, Who am I, Mom?), and Atish Indrekar (Co-Director, Who am I, Mom?) talk some more about the process they went through in making the films, how they came to decide on the topics they chose to talk about, and why they believe that art is powerful in order to create change.
Below are pictures taken during the shooting of 'Who Am I, Mom?'