Hul Sengel: the Spirit of the Santal Revolution

Hul: lo spirito della rivolta Santal
by Daniel J. Rycroft Documentary Gran Bretagna 2005 46'

Produced on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the Hul Rebellion the Santal aborigines mounted in 1855-1856 against the East India Company, a crucial moment in the long march toward independence from colonial repression, this documentary portrays the spirit and the unfolding of the events still vividly remembered by many aborigine peoples. Filmed in the same locations where the uprising took place and with several Adivasis living in New Delhi, and shown on Indian TV, the film combines rare archival film material with interviews with some of the leaders' descendants, offering an eloquent reflection on the government's authoritarian style, which has remained such, despite decades of independence. The film was premiered at the conference "Reinterpreting Adivasi Movement in South Asia" by the Centre for World Environmental History of the University of Sussex.


Daniel J. Rycroft


Gran Bretagna

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26° Festival


05 June - 11 June 2023

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