21st annual deadCenter Film Festival

Sakthi Vibrations

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The Sakthi Folk Cultural Centre, in Tamil Nadu, India led by two radical Catholic nuns uses the Tamil folk arts to develop self-esteem and economic skills in young Dalit women (outcastes or untouchables). Sakthi reclaims the degraded parai frame drum to re-humanize and empower the young women through the physical embodiment of confidence in performance and a regenerated cultural identity in a complex campaign against gender, class and caste subjugation. This ethnomusicological documentary seeks to reveal and analyze Sakthi’s outstanding model for Dalit women’s development that integrates folk arts performance with social analysis, micro-economic sustainability, self-esteem and community development.

  • Year
    2019
  • Runtime
    84 minutes
  • Language
    English, Tamil
  • Country
    United States
  • Premiere
    Oklahoma
  • Director
    Zoe Sherinian
  • Producer
    Zoe Sherinian
  • Cinematographer
    Varsha Yeshwant Kumar, Tani Ikeda
  • Editor
    Jeffrey Palmer, Adam Ropp