Published on: Fri 24 May 2019
Written By: Charlie Phillips
A new Guardian documentary examines vigilante violence against Muslims in India through the story of Rakbar, a farmer killed by a Hindu mob
Murdered farmer Rakbar, from The Hour of Lynching documentary Photograph: Shirley Abraham and Amit Madheshiya for the Guardian
Rakbar, a Muslim dairy farmer, was murdered by a Hindu mob who thought he was taking a cow to be slaughtered for meat. His wife, Asmeena, must undergo an intense iddat (mourning in purdah) and their daughter, Sahila, is forced to abandon school to take care of the household.
While the family falls apart, the hate machinery of rightwing Hindu nationalists – politicians and lynch mobs – works overtime to legitimise the killing. Set in a remote village in India, The Hour of Lynching sheds light on a global problem: communities turning on “the other” – sometimes with extreme violence
This film is produced in partnership with Field of Vision
The directors, Shirley Abraham and Amit Madheshiya, are Indian filmmakers and photographers whose work includes Cannes film festival award-winning The Cinema Travellers, about a touring cinema in India, and Searching for Saraswati about the battle over a holy river. They also made The SlumGods of Mumbai for Guardian documentaries in 2014.
The story of a group of activists who are turning the healthcare world upside down. Led by Greg Jefferys, an unassuming retired teacher living in Tasmania, Australia, and his Indian collaborators, this group has set up possibly the world’s largest and most intricate buyers club to distribute life-saving low-cost Hepatitis C medicines to the rest of the world
Released 31 May
Greg Jefferys in Buyers Club. Photograph: Clément Gargoullaud
The programme for has been announced and our feature-length documentary will have its UK premiere there.
The film is about Freddy, who is 30 and yearns to start a family but this poses unique challenges. He is a gay transgender man. Deciding to carry his own baby took years of soul searching, but he was unprepared for the reality of pregnancy, both physically and challenging society’s fundamental understanding of gender and family. We’d love to see you at the film’s first UK screenings.
I’m also excited about a new film by – and discussion with – the visionary director , a hit US documentary about the Satanic Temple called and Asif Kapadia’s film. I recommend , a shocking reckoning with the impact of China’s one-child policy by Nanfu Wang, and and , a takedown of Steve Bannon featuring the Guardian’s own Paul Lewis.
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