Asian Cinema Fund 2018
- Script Development Fund
- Production Support Fund
- Post-Production Fund
- Asian Network of Documentary(AND) Fund
- ACF Showcase
- AND Programs
2010 Asian Network of Documentary (AND) Fund
|Project||Please Don’t Beat Me, Sir!|
Please Don't Beat Me, Sir! leads us into the lives of Budhan Theatre, a group of young Chhara tribes who are considered as ‘born criminals’. Using Theatre as a weapon, these young people fight against a corrupt police system and against criminal identity internalized by their elders. Above all, this documentary is about the power of art. We see theater used as a form of non-violent protest against police brutality. We also see theater being used to challenge traditional gender roles within the community. And we see the role of theater in giving the young actors an alternative vision of their future.
The first time we saw Budhan Theatre performance was in the fall of 1999 at a conference on Denotified and Nomadic Tribes (DNTs). Raw intensity of their performance betrayed the suffering of their communities from today’s police and society. So moved were we by this performance that we were determined to do what we could to help when we heard that Budhan Theatre's director and playwright, Dakxin, had been false in 2003. Fortunately, Dakxin was released, but our time with the dedicated young actors of Budhan Theater had convinced us that there was a bigger story to be told, one which we have been working on ever since.