India's Reggae Resistance: Defending Dissent Under Modi

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Indian musician Taru Dalmia is convinced his reggae sounds can play a role in political activism, and decides it's time to act when a wave of protests erupts at universities across India.

To take his music into the hearts of rallies and communities, he raises money to build a giant sound system and hits the road.

Taru hopes his hand-built stack of speakers can support protesters alleging that free speech is being suppressed under Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist government.

But he's uncertain how local artists and activists will react. Will they embrace his Jamaica-inspired music, or see him as a naive outsider out of touch with the country's politics?

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Many commentators thought he would disappear into oblivion after his expulsion but in 2013, he founded his own political party, the Economic Freedom Fighters. To his many thousands of supporters, Malema’s aggressive focus on the rights of poor black South Africans makes him a future leader of South Africa. To many others, his bombastic rhetoric is offensive.

After 22 years in power, the ruling ANC’s claim to represent the interests of the black majority is under question as the voice of Malema and his EFF party appears to resonate with growing dissent across the country. Filmmaker, Rehad Desai (Miners Shot Down) takes us on his personal journey through this clash over the past five years.

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