Film Screening & Discussion | THE UPRISING
Please join us for a screening and discussion of the documentary THE UPRISING with the filmmaker, activist & musician Pravini Baboeram.
Musician and activist Pravini Baboeram presents THE UPRISING, a music documentary that tells the story of resistance against racism in Europe. With commentary and experiences from academics and activists, the Dutch-Indian singer/songwriter offers a decolonial perspective on the anti-racism movement in the Netherlands, UK and France. She not only provides an analysis of the history and legacy of colonialism, but also a vision on strategy for the future of the movement.
This documentary zooms in on collective challenges of communities of color. In 9 self-written songs Pravini connects the fight against Blackface, the struggle for the recognition of colonial crimes that the Netherlands has committed in Indonesia, the fight for the liberation of Palestine and the struggle in the political field for an inclusive society. “The Uprising” offers a unique view of the resistance against racism in Europe through the eyes of people of color.
Review from the Dutch premiere of THE UPRISING:
“The nine chapters stem from nine songs of the equally named album The Uprising. With strong lyrics accompanying the several interviews of professors, specialist, researchers, politicians and activists. They unfold institutionalized racism in a way that is understandable for a large group of people, which is a hard pill to swallow for some and painfully real to others. It is an in your face let’s discuss race documentary almost set up like a music video. The images and the animations, together with the combined stories from different time lines, the music and the lyrics makes it an artistic vision of a dream become accessible and real.
An inspiring piece of work, which will lead to many more discussions, debates and dialogues. I for one will make sure to bring it to our school in one way or another.” — Siela Ardjosemito-Jethoe, The Hague University of Applied Sciences
Pravini Baboeram is an artist and activist, creating art to contribute to social change. As an independent artist she has set up her own label Pravini Productions, that has produced 5 albums, 6 singles and 5 international tours. She is co-founder of action committee Holi is not a Houseparty, a campaign against cultural appropriation of the Hindu spring festival Holi, and initiator of the Anti-racism Voting Guide. In addition, she led the campaign Tetary Must Rise, a crowdfunding campaign for the replacement of the statue of colonizer Barnet Lyon by the Hindustani warrior of resistance Janey Tetary. Pravini also set up Indian History Month to celebrate stories and contributions of people from the Indian diaspora. In 2019 she will release her new album and documentary “The Uprising”, a film about the anti-racism movement in Europe. With this film Pravini makes an innovative contribution to the documentary genre, in which she fuses art and activism in a unique way.
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