by Rahad Abir
Ric Wasserman a filmmaker from New York was a guest speaker at the Dhaka Talent Campus part of 10th Dhaka Film Festival held on January 2008 and spoke about his recent documentary 'Back to the Village'. This 26-minute documentary highlights the plight of millions of South Indian villagers who are struggling to survive, being forced to move to the urban centres in search of work. 'Back to the Village' follows the lives of people in three South Indian villages near Bangalore. Their stories reveal the dark side of the effects of globalisation, where to survive villagers must fight back, capitalisation on their own initiatives to be able to remain in their villages. In an interview for SWM, Wasserman talks about the harsh realities depicted in his film.
How did you get the idea of making 'Back to the Village'?
I met Dr. T. Scarlett Epstein who is a renowned Oxford anthropologist researching for 40 years in southern India. She told me that I migh…