BREAKING BARRIERS - THE CASTELESS COLLECTIVE


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BREAKING BARRIERS - THE CASTELESS COLLECTIVE

The Casteless Collective is a protest music band from Chennai, South India, playing an exciting mix of folk music and Gaana art coming from North Chennai’s slum area, combined with modern musical styles of rap and rock. Dealing with social issues that Indian society prefers not to look at: the still existing caste discrimination, the ‘untouchables’, and the oppression of women, LGBTQI+ people and those from underprivileged and marginalised backgrounds, as represented by the band members themselves.
The film shows the young band’s powerful attempt to break cultural stigmas, and joins their journey towards an Indian future of casteless mentality and reality.

Category Documentary
Director Maja Meiners
Production Maja Meiners
Format Full HD/DCP
Runtime 70 min
Year 2019
Language English, Tamil
Subtitles English
Country Germany, India
Genre Arts & Culture, Human Rights, Music, Pop Culture, Society, Youth

Festivals

  • Chennai International Doc&Short FF, India (2020)
  • Sheffield Doc/Fest, UK (2020)
  • London Indian FF, UK (2020)
  • Indo German Filmweek Berlin, Germany (2020)
  • WOMEX World Music Expo Budapest, Hungary (2020)
  • New Generation Independent Indian FF, Germany (2020)

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