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June 25, 2022 at 11 AM

It is a film about the idealism, passion and the jail time of young women coming of age in the late 1960s, seeking to change the world, and throwing themselves into movements sweeping parts of India. Hounded for their activities, tortured by the police and incarcerated in jails, these women found a camaraderie that went beyond revolutionary ideology that had inspired them. As the late sixties gave way to the seventies, the Emergency was imposed across India, and the number of women who went to jail for their political idealism expanded to many cities, small towns, and villages across the country.
The film tells the stories of fifteen young women, moving across Bengal and Bihar to Delhi, Bombay, Hyderabad and Bangalore. Yeh Lo Bayaan Humaare is built around these women’s stories, narrated by them to the director in the mid 2010’s. It is the story of their resistance and refusal to be broken by the repression unleashed by the state. It is also the poignant story of reflection, loss and death in those troubled times.
The film includes valuable archives from the 1970’s in the form of film clips, documents, Fact Finding Reports, news stories, diaries and assorted personal archives. It is the only visual testament of its kind to a dark period in modern Indian history, when the country went through violent turmoil, eventually descending overnight into a dictatorship.

Date: June 25, 2022
Time: 11 AM
Venue: Alternative Law Forum, 122/4, Infantry Road, Bangalore – 560001

About the Filmmaker:

Uma Chakravarti is an Indian historian and filmmaker. Since the 1980s, she has written extensively on Indian history, highlighting issues relating to gender, caste, and class and has been associated with the women’s movement and the movement for democratic rights since the 1980s.

Some of her books are Delhi Riots: Three Days in the Life of a Nation, Social Dimensions of Early Buddhism, Rewriting History: The Life and Times of Pandita Ramabai and Gendering Caste through a Feminist Lens.

She has also directed six documentary films—Darbar e watan, A Quiet Little Entry, Fragments of a Past, Ek Inquilab Aur Aaya: Lucknow 1920-1949, Prison Diaries and Ye Lo Bayan Humare.