Alternatives Series: Film Screening
Mon, January 31, 2011 • 3:00 PM • University of Texas, CMA 5.160 (LBJ Room), Guadalupe and Dean Keeton, Austin
"Nero's Guests: The Age of Inequality" Featuring Journalist P. Sainath
The new documentary "Nero's Guests: The Age of Inequality," directed by Deepa Bhatia, tells the story of India's agrarian crisis and the growing worldwide inequality through the work of award-winning journalist P. Sainath. For the past decade, Sainath has been reporting on the epidemic of farmers committing suicide in India as a result of the collapse of the rural economy. Sainath's hard-hitting reporting for The Hindu newspaper forced other journalists to cover the story and government officials to act.
From the Human Rights Watch Film Festival in New York: "In this fluidly edited and moving documentary … P. Sainath's energy and sense of outrage are contagious. As he visits the affected families and works every media angle at his disposal to get politicians to act, we see a society in denial, a lack of social justice for the poor and gaping wealth disparities in the country."
In a 29-year career as a journalist, Sainath has won over 35 global and national awards and been called "the conscience of the Indian nation" by other journalists. In 2007, he won the Ramon Magsaysay Award -- Asia's most prestigious prize, often referred to as the "Asian Nobel" -- for Journalism Literature and Creative Communications Arts for his "passionate commitment as a journalist to restore the rural poor to India's national consciousness."
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