Name of the film We Have Not Come Here To Die

Directed by Deepa Dhanraj

Cinematography Navroze Contractor

EditingJabeen Merchant

Year 2018

CountryIndia

Duration110 min

LanguageTelugu, Tamil, Gujarati, Marathi, Hindi (with Eng subtitles)

About the film

On January 17th 2016 a Dalit, Phd research scholar, and activist Rohith Vemula unable to bear the persecution from a partisan University administration and dominant caste Hindu supremacists hung himself in one of the most prestigious universities in India. His suicide note, which argued against the “value of a man being reduced to his immediate identity” galvanized student politics in India. Over the last year thousands of students all over the country have broken the silence around their experiences of caste discrimination in Universities and have started a powerful anti-caste movement. The film attempts to track this historic movement that is changing the conversation on caste in India.

Director Biography

Deepa Dhanraj is a feminist filmmaker whose extensive filmography covers topics such as population control policies, communal politics, women and customary law, and civil liberties. Some of her films are: Sudesha 30 minutes,1982
What Has Happened to this City? 100 minutes, 1984
Something Like a War, 52 minutes, 1990
The Legacy of Malthus, 54 minutes 1994
Nari Adalat [Women's Courts], 30 minutes, 2000
The Advocate, 120 minutes, 2007
and Invoking Justice, 86 minutes, 2011