An extensive documentary film on the Kandhamal genocide is being screened at various places in Delhi. “Voices from the Ruin”, the 95-minutes documentary directed by K P Sasi portrays the complete account of the anti-Christian violence that took place in 2007 and 2008 in the Kandhamal district in Odisha, eastern India.
As reported by mattersindia.com, Divya Bhatt, the filmmaker and event organizer, said the screening began on March 3 will last until March 6. On March 3 it was screened at St. Martin’s Church, Delhi Cantonment. On March 4 it will be shown at JNU Union room, on March 5 at Vidyajyoti College of Theology, Civil Lines, and at Church of St. Teresa of Child Jesus, Pushpa Vihar, and on March 6 at Ambedkar University.
The state of Orissa (now Odisha) was born in 1936 as a result of the social reform movement initiated by Madhusoodhan Das, who was called ‘The Father of Orissa’. Das was a converted Christian. Kandhamal District is mainly inhabited by Adivasis and Dalits, a large number of them Christians. The hate campaign against the Christians in Kandhamal started in late 1960s and sustained for several decades culminating in violence on the minorities in 1980s, 1990s and 2000s. The worst violence on the Christians in modern India took place in 2008.