From Meena Srinivasan, author of the Lion’s Roar post Beyond Caste: Connecting with the Dalit Buddhist Community, and her partner Chihiro Wimbush, comes a moving new short film, about the Dalit Buddhist community in Tamil Nadu, India. As Meena writes in “Beyond Caste”: “Previously lower-caste Hindus, the Indian Buddhists in Nagpur converted under the political influence of Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar, author of India’s constitution, to denounce caste oppression. They became Buddhist for political and spiritual reasons, and today, the implications of their actions continue to unfold. […] Spending time with this community was especially important for me because, like the Dalit Buddhists, I’ve experienced the evils of caste oppression.”
The film is called Touching the Untouchable; watch it above. Its makers have also produced an Education & Community Engagement guide, to be shared freely.