The Department of Mass Communication held a screening of the documentary film by K.P Sasi, “Voices from the Ruins – Kandhamal in search of justice” for the Third year and Second year media students on 6th of August, 2018.
The documentary portrays the sinister spell of communal violence in the state of Orissa in 2008, which evoked a strong sense of emotion among the students as it brought to light the struggle faced by Adivasi Christians and Dalit Christians. The film which took 7 years in the making is one of Sasi’s active contribution to the local communities in Kandhamal, Orissa. The film displays the struggle of the adivasis and dalits against the meagre compensation, improper rehabilitation and the delayed justice system that has not been met even after a decade.
The screening was followed by an interactive session with the students in which Sasi raised the issues about how our Indian Constitution lays down principles for freedom of religion. While pointing about the need for media to be the voice of the voiceless. He stressed upon the need for students to use media as a tool for change. Nikita Nogar, a student of TYBA enquired about the need of research in documentary films, he replied that it is an ongoing process and one needs to read as well as be a good listener to peoples’ stories. Arpan Chakraborty, student of TYBA Journalism congratulated the director on taking a strong and thought provoking stand throughout the film. He also asked if there should be legal action against people using casteist remarks and hate speech, to which Sasi affirmed the need for a strong judiciary system at all levels in India today.
K.P. Sasi also informed the students that August 25, 2018 will commence a decade of this horrifying violence and urged everyone to remember this day and continue this fight for a proper justice system, that abides by the Indian Constitution.