Film & Discussion: Fandry - A screening of Nagraj Manjule's Award Winning Film
Featured Speaker: Nagraj Manjule, Poet and writer/director of Fandry
Marathi poet Nagraj Manjule’s impressive debut feature tells the story of Jabya, a Dalit boy, and his family’s struggle against daily prejudice in their Maharashtra village. Being labeled untouchable does not stop Jabya from dreaming beyond his caste: buying a pair of jeans and longing for the affections of Shalu, an upper caste classmate. What begins as a carefree look at a child’s desires and antics transforms into an insightful and damning look at caste discrimination. Refusing to reduce its Dalit characters to victims – most explicitly at the film’s explosive conclusion – FANDRY builds from a murmur to a defiant roar.
Released in February, 2014, Fandry is in Marathi with English subtitles and 104 minutes in duration.
About the Director
Nagraj Manjule is a National Award-winning Indian filmmaker and screenwriter known for his first short film Pistulya. He hails from a small village in Maharashtra and has written and directed his first Feature film called Fandry. He is a writer and a poet and has published a book of poetry in Marathi.