Ajyal Film Festival 2024

All Films

Fire in Our Hearts

Special Screening

Jayshree Janu Kharpade / Short Documentary / India, United States of America / 2013 / 27 min / Colour and B&W / DCP
In English, Marathi / Arabic, English subtitles
Interests: Women, Documentary, Biography, Social Issues, Youth, Family, Children, Creative Documentary, Education
MENA Premiere


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 Directors

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
Joyce Chopra
Joyce Chopra
Javier Arau
Jayshree Janu Kharpade
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