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Language is a weapon, its not for shaving your armpits.

So says eminent writer Mahasweta Devi in this documentary about the her life and work.

At the center of a half-century of tumultuous change, the lifetime of Mahasweta Devi has spanned the British period, Independence, and fifty years of postcolonial turmoil. Her writing has given Indian literature a new life and inspired two generations of writers, journalists and filmmakers. A celebrated writer and tireless activist; for the last two decades, she has led a battled on the behalf of the De-notified tribes of India-indigenous groups who were branded “natural criminals” by the British Colonial State, who face discrimination to this day, despite being “de-notified.”

Informal in style, this video explores how Mahasweta’s daily life and writing is a part of her life as a tireless worker for the rights of the aboriginal peoples of India.


Mahasweta Devi: Witness, Advocate, Writer was made by Shashwati Talukdar.

Film Festivals, Screenings, Awards

  • Dallas South Asian Film Festival.
  • Michigan State University, Social Justice and South Asian Imagery, Lansing, MI.
  • Social Justice in the South Asian Imagination: Tribal Literature and Film, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.
  • Emerging Forms, University of Washington, Seattle.
  • Georgetown University, Washington DC

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Mahasweta Devi: Witness, Advocate, Writer on IMDB