Marupakkam Online Film Screening # 6
From 6 pm 10th July, Friday; for 48 hours only! (Extended for 24 hours more)
Film : The Slave Genesis (Dir: Aneez Mappilla; 62 min)
The film won the 65th National Award for Best Ethnographic Documentary!
Synopsis : The documentary, ‘The Slave Genesis’ deals with the ethnicity and the social transformation of Paniya tribals, who belong to Wayanad, the hill district to the south of Western Ghats in South India.
‘Paniya’ literally translates to a ‘labourer’. These tribals—who were deployed to work in the farms of migrants, who trickled into Wayanad from time to time - have distinct arts and songs that reflect their identities. The prime among their songs is Penappaattu (speech of ghost), which they recite as part of funeral rituals. The song begins with the origin of Paniya tribes.
Based on the contents of Penappattu, the documentary explores the social transformation of the Paniyas. It proceeds through the recollections of the director, who was born and brought up in close proximity to the Paniyas. The anthropological pitch forms the aesthetic build of the documentary.
We also invite you to the interaction with the filmmaker via Zoom on 12th July, Sunday at 11 am; message 9940642044 for ID and password.
Click here to watch the film!