240' 2018 India director: Anand Patwardhan cinematography: Anand Patwardhan, Simantini Dhuru editing: Anand Patwardhan production: Anand Patwardhan
Nascent fascism in India.
Anand Patwardhan's extraordinarily brave new film has the huge gravity. It is a shocking chronicle of the rise of fascism in India, from the political killings of free thinkers; through the strengthening of fundamentalist, terrorist sects; to a massive party rally that brings to mind the famous Nuremberg Rally. This is saffron-colored fascism—like Hindu garments—dividing people according to religion and caste. It glorifies and practices violence. In his documentary, Patwardhan also portrays defenders of equal rights and secular democracy. In a West submerged in spiritual apathy, we shouldn't be surprised that this powerful voice in defense of the Enlightenment comes to us from India.