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I am a filmmaker working between India, Taiwan and the US. Our latest production is a feature length documentary, 'Please Don't Beat Me, Sir!'

 http://dontbeatmesir.com 

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Please Don't Beat Me, Sir!

Film
Film
Language: 
Hindi
Other languages or subtitles: 
English
Production country: 
India
Korea, Republic of
United States
Running time (In minutes): 
75
Theme: 
Documentary
Category/Format: 
Documentaries
Student film: 
No
Poster: 
Please Don't Beat Me, Sir! poster
Production year: 
October, 2011
Film Credits
About the Director: 

Shashwati Talukdar, Director/Producer/Editor, began her career as an assistant editor on one of Michael Moore's TV shows. She has worked for HBO, BBC, Lifetime, Sundance etc. Her films have screened at the Margaret Mead Festival, Berlin and the Whitney Biennial, and numerous art galleries around the world.

P. Kerim Friedman, Director/Producer/Camera, is an assistant professor at National Dong Hwa University in Taiwan, where he teaches linguistic and visual anthropology. He is a founding member of the group anthropology blog Savage Minds and a documentary filmmaker.

Film director: 
Shashwati Talukdar and P. Kerim Friedman
Producer: 
Shashwati Talukdar and P. Kerim Friedman
About the Producer: 
Shashwati Talukdar, Director/Producer/Editor, began her career as an assistant editor on one of Michael Moore's TV shows. She has worked for HBO, BBC, Lifetime, Sundance etc. Her films have screened at the Margaret Mead Festival, Berlin and the Whitney Biennial, and numerous art galleries around the world. P. Kerim Friedman, Director/Producer/Camera, is an assistant professor at National Dong Hwa University in Taiwan, where he teaches linguistic and visual anthropology. He is a founding member of the group anthropology blog Savage Minds and a documentary filmmaker.
Screenplay: 
n/a
Editing: 
Shashwati Talukdar
Film photographer: 
P. Kerim Friedman
Sound: 
Shashwati Talukdar
Music: 
Mike Berk
Art Director: 
n/a
Costume: 
n/a
Decor: 
n/a
Film synopsis: 
Over 60 million Indians belong to communities imprisoned by the British as "criminals by birth." The Chhara of Ahmedabad, in Western India, are one of 198 such "Criminal Tribes." Declaring that they are "born actors," not "born criminals," a group of Chhara youth have turned to street theater in their fight against police brutality, corruption, and the stigma of criminality — a stigma internalized by their own grandparents. 'Please Don't Beat Me, Sir!' follows the lives of these young actors and their families as they take their struggle to the streets, hoping their plays will spark a revolution.
Budget
Budget Range: 
Between $100 000 and $10 000
Technical infos
Technical infos
Original Film Format: 
Mini DV
Format Ratio: 
1:1.33
Film Sound: 
5.1
Video master available ?: 
Yes
Video Type: 
HDcam
Number of reels: 
1
Festival Selection, Awards...
Festival selection, awards or citation already received and other comments... :
Already selected in a Festival?: 
Yes
Festival selections: 

Busan International Film Festival, South Korea
Taiwan International Ethnographic Film Festival
Society of Visual Anthropology Film Festival, Jean Rouch Award for Collaborative Filmmaking.
OzAsia International Film Festival, Australia.
Zanzibar International Film Festival.

Awards received: 
Jean Rouch Award for Collaborative Filmmaking
Film distribution
Sales/distribution name: 
Four Nine and a Half Pictures, Inc.
Address: 
PO Box 252 Woodstock, NY12498 USA
Publicity Infos
Publicity contact: 
Four Nine and a Half Pictures, Inc.
publicity address: 
PO Box 252 Woodstock, NY12498 USA
Publicity contact email: 
Trailer availble: 
yes
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