Film & Discussion: Fandry - A screening of Nagraj Manjule's Award Winning Film

When & Where
UC Berkeley - 159 Mulford Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720
April 15, 2014 - 7:00pm - 9:30pm
510 642 3608

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.