We are Foot Soldiers

Showing on 15 March, 3pm - 5.30pm at Discover 21

Director: Debolina Dutta & Oishik Sircar
Country: India
Language: Bengali, Hindi (English subtitle)
Length: 26'
Genre: Documentary
Year: 2011
Rating: 15

Film provided by PSBT

In 2005, children of sex workers in Kolkata's Sonagachi red light district came together to form their own organisation, Amra Padatik (Foot Soldiers), drawing inspiration from the work that their mothers have been doing to demand their right to sex work as work. The Film journeys through the lives of six Amra Padatik members whose entangled realities do not paint a picture of helplessness, but of political assertiveness and social consciousness. Stereotypical images of their suffering are something that many of them identify with, yet, far from despair and fear, in the face of adversity, their responses are far more complex, hopeful and strong.