We’ll be showing a very special movie on Sunday night April 7th, starting 7pm. All welcome - especially if you have an interest in India. The movie is ‘Ambedkar’, named of course after Dr. Ambedkar, the great Indian social reformer and convert to Buddhism. Here’s what Zinemaya says - “Ambedkar is one of the finest historical films made in Independent India. This movie takes place between the years 1901 to 1956, a period of great social upheavals and revolutionary movements around the world.
“In India during this time, there were two struggles being fought simultaneously; the first, which is well known throughout the world, was India’s fight for independence spearheaded by Mahatma Gandhi, against the British colonial powers. The second struggle, much less well known but no less important was an internal struggle. Seventy million Indian ‘untouchables’, led by Dr. Ambedkar, were fighting for their rights against upper caste Hindu society.
“This film holds its significance due to the fact that, though the ethos contained is Indian, it has its equation in the political and social disparity all over the world. The basic aim of the social revolution is to uphold the meaning of humanity in its truest sense”.
Over fifty years after his death his memory lives on and his following grows ever-stronger - the photograph shows a million Indians gathering in Nagpur in 2006, the 50th anniversary of Ambedkar’s conversion to Buddhism.
Ambedkar will be shown at 7pm, Sunday 7th April, at 90 Bove Town, Glastonbury. Click here for a trailer.