Documentary marathon: Anand Patwardhan’s Vivek (Reason)

No plans this Sunday evening? Why not cuddle up on your coach with Anand Patwardhan’s disturbing documentary Vivek (Reason)?

Vivek (Reason) and its maker.

The battle between faith and reason is universal and ongoing. In India, the world’s largest democracy, the ideology that murdered Mahatma Gandhi has been in power since 2014. The secular democracy that once aspired to the values of enlightenment and non-violence is being dismantled. As accusations fly of “eating cow meat” or “treason of Mother India,” minorities and those who fight for the poor bear the brunt of rising Hindu majoritarianism and a complicit corporate media. The film fearlessly examines the far right at huge rallies but also introduces us to rationalists who, despite appearing on hit lists, lead a growing resistance.

The documentary lasts for a full four hours and contains eight "chapters" that are detailed in this review.

The screening will be followed by a 30-minute interview with Anand Patwardhan filmed at the European premiere of Vivek in Amsterdam.

Webinar link to the screenings:

About Anand Patwardhan: Having made political documentaries for over four decades, Patwardhan pursues diverse issues that are at the crux of social and political life in India. Many of his films were at one time or another banned by state television channels in India and became the subject of litigation by Patwardhan who successfully challenged the censorship rulings in court.

In case you miss this event, you can also see Vivek on YouTube (without English subtitles) or borrow it from the Humanities and Social Sciences Library at the University of Oslo.

Published Nov. 4, 2020 10:05 AM - Last modified Nov. 10, 2020 9:10 PM