Large-scale exploitation of mineral resources, the construction of immense plantations and tremendous infrastructure projects have resulted in the displacement of over 30 million indigenous Indians from their forest homes. the fact that these people have been and still are being driven from their homes and robbed of their peaceful existence. In one of the biggest campaigns since Ghandi led India to independence, 100’000 displaced indigenous Indians walk to Delhi to demand that the government recognise their rights.
|Running Time:||52/88 min.|
|Subject(s):||Activism, Asian Studies, Ecology, Environment, Human Rights, Immigration and Migration, Investigative Journalism, Politics, Society|
|Cinematographer:||Lorenz Merz, Kamal Musale|
|Production Company:||Reck Filmproduktion Zürich|
Hundreds of thousands of Indian men and women, landless farmers and the Adivasis – Indian aborigines – underway on foot. On dusty roads, on the National Highway, through villages and cities. Large-scale exploitation of mineral resources, the construction of immense plantations and tremendous infrastructure projects have resulted in the fact that these people have been and still are being driven from their homes and robbed of their peaceful existence.
Now they have come together from all across the land to fight for an honorable existence. Led by the charismatic Rajagopal, leader and pioneer of the movement.
Their protest march leads from Gwalior to Delhi – 400 kilometers away. They endure the heat, defy illnesses, and take on hardship and deprivation. Because one thing is clear to them: they will persevere and only return home once the government heeds their demands.
It is as if the poor and oppressed of the whole world are rising up and speaking out. And energetically pointing out that they are not willing to accept the violation of their rights. Their march, based on the idea of Gandhi’s philosophy of passive resistance, will go down in history and will be covered by the most important international media. The world can no longer look away.
How can one fight for one’s rights without using violence? With such an important contemporary question, the film of Christoph Schaub and Kamal Musale spreads far beyond the borders of India. It shows the multiple facets of this imposing protect march, plunges into what is happening along the way. And it focuses over and over again on some of the participants and their fateful stories as well as the into daily realities of these proud people.
«Millions Can Walk» is a militant yet philosophical and emotional film with surprising pictures of great metaphorical power. It is captivating to the very end: Will these men and women be successful? Will the government fulfill their demands?