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Fire in Our Hearts

Special Screening - Ajyal Youth Film Festival 2014

Jayshree Janu Kharpade / Short Documentary / India, United States of America / 2013 / 27 min / Colour and B&W / DCP / In English, Marathi / Arabic, English subtitles / MENA Premiere
Rated: Parental guidance is advised for viewers under the age of 13. Individuals under the age of 13 are not admitted into cinemas unless accompanied by an individual aged 18 or older.


Until the late 1970s, illegal slavery affected many tribespeople in India. Activism secured their emancipation, but education was a luxury they could not afford until union members built a school for them. Director Jayshree Janu Kharpade, one of the school’s students, unveils how this has made her and her classmates the first generation of literate women in their tribes. “For too long we have been assaulted by injustice,” they sing, “but now there is a fire in our hearts and we will fight for change!”

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About the Director

Jayshree Janu Kharpade was born in a small rural village several hours north of Mumbai, and is one of the first girls from her tribe who was educated in a school. Mentored by renowned documentary filmmaker Joyce Chopra, and assisted by cinematographer Cat Papadimitriou, Kharpade shot ‘Fire in Our Hearts’, a documentary about her own experiences.


Jayshree Janu Kharpade
Jayshree Janu Kharpade
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Joyce Chopra
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