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We Are Not Your Monkeys

1996, Colour, Music Video, 5 mins

We Are Not Your Monkeys is a music video that reworks the epic Ramayana story to critique the caste and gender oppression implicit in it. Sung by Sambhaji Bhagat and composed by Sambhaji, Anand and the late Daya Pawar, the music video opposes the systematic oppression and negation of basic human rights in the name of religion and mythology.



Reviews:
It is not often that a five minute film subverts a conceptual framework passed on thrugh the centuries which such clarity. …Anand Patwardhan's film is an unsettling but liberating and moving experience. It is unsettling because it calls into question ideas passed on through the ages that we have internalized as “truth”. it is liberating because its relentless logic exposes the contradictions of a self-serving ideology. And it is moving because it is the clear voice of people we rarely hear.
Sumana Ramanan, The Independent


Credits
Production, Camera - Anand Patwardhan
Sound
- Narinder Singh
Music
- Daya Pawar, Sambhaji Bhagat, Anand Patwardhan


 

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