Papilio Buddha is the story of a group of displaced Dalits in the Western Ghats of India. Their struggle against the local powers and government is told through the eyes of Shankaran, an educated youth, who is indifferent to the resistance movement runs by his father Karian, a onetime communist now feels betrayed by the movement. The film brings into focus, an example of the epic land struggles, which are fought in various regions of the state and all over India, and the oppression of indigenous people by the powerful political and social establishments. It is also mapping the environmental degradation and abuse of pristine mountain habitats by outside forces.
Directed by Jayan K. Cherian, 2013, 108 min., India, Drama, Malayalam. Q&A after screening.
Thalia Theatre at Symphony Space (View)
2537 Broadway at 95th Street
New York, NY 10025