Watch ‘Recasting Selves’, an ICAS:MP funded-film, directed by Lalit Vachani

Three years after its release, we are delighted to offer the film ‘Recasting Selves’ for your viewing. The film is a production of our Thematic Module 3 ‘Critiques and Renewals of Democracy’.

Set at CREST (the Centre for Research and Education for Social Transformation) in Kozhikode, Kerala – the film documents the ‘soft skills’ training of Dalit and Adivasi post-graduate students in a nurturing campus environment as preparation for their employment in the new Indian economy. The film delves into issues like caste discrimination, power, livelihood and identity politics, and their implications on social relations and democratic futures.

Producers: TM3 and CeMIS

Director and Editor: Lalit Vachani, CeMIS

Research and Concept: Sanjay Srivastava (former Director and TM4 member)

Executive Producer: Srirupa Roy (former Director and TM3 coordinator)

Year of release: 2019

Screening: Urban Lens Film Festival in Bengaluru and New Delhi; Signs 2019 in Thrissur; the 21st Madurai International Documentary and Short Film Festival, Madurai; the 7th Kolkata People’s Film Festival, Kolkata; and the 8th Chennai International Documentary, Short Film Festival, Chennai, SiGNS 2022 at Muvattupuzha, Kerala and the Construir Cine – Labor International Film Festival in Buenos Aires.

More Information: Widely acclaimed and praised, drew the attention of major Indian newspapers (The Hindu, Indian Express, Tribune India) and web magazines

For more details on the film, please visit the film website

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