Pyara Kerketta Foundation


A three days international festival of adivasi visual storytellers and rights defenders

Adivasi-Indigenous Film Festival Jharkhand

Bir Buru Ompay
Film Festival Jharkhand

To develop coordination, integration and partnership between Adivasi-Indigenous filmmakers and Adivasi-Indigenous rights activists at local, national and global level.

Many film festivals are organized in India at the government and non-government level. These film festivals are mainly related to cine-art, socio-political issues, women, Dalit, transgender and civil rights and promotion of filmmakers and films. But hardly any of these film festivals are dedicated to Adivasi society, art, cinema and Adivasi rights. The racial history of Indian cinema of the last hundred years is enough to understand the reasons for this neglect. That's why we envisioned this BBO Film Festival which would not only provide a platform to Adivasi filmmakers but would also take up the issue of Adivasi art and rights prominently and bring cinematic intervention to the racial inertia of Indian cinema.


Adivasi rights are not just human rights, but it is a question of the existence of all living beings and mother Earth. It is fact that in the name of 'development' the global economy has been bent on constantly destroying Adivasis worldwide. In India, to benefit the multinational mining companies' governments are acting like a 'private army' and ignoring the Adivasi rights granted by the constitution. Traditional and constitutional rights of more than 700 Adivasi communities of India have been almost seized. They are everyday victim of nationalist and extremist violent politics. Racial and religious discrimination continue in literature and popular media. In the hundred year of Indian cinema Adivasis are still invisible. But in the digital age, many Adivasi have come in the filmmaking, who producing fiction, non-fiction movies without any support of GO and NGOs. There is no film festival is organized in India so far, in which Adivasi films are exhibited or discussed from the Adivasi perspective. Especially, in Greater Jharkhand which is geographically ancestral homeland of hundreds of Adivasi communities. According to the government, this area is 'naxal-affected' but the reality is that this region is historically the heart of the tribal rights movement. Because it is rich mineral deposits area and tribal fighting against loot of these natural resources. Many Adivasi groups are active in this Adivasi dominated area of central India who are lobbying for their traditional and constitutional rights through literature, art and cinema. So, relevance of the proposed Adivasi film festival to this point is unmistakable. Because with the organizing of the proposed international Adivasi film festival, Adivasi rights movements will be strengthened only, this will help Adivasi art, literature and films also get an organized platform. This will be the first Adivasi film festival to be organized from Adivasi leadership and perspective in the country, in which films and filmmakers can keep their point of view in front of the world without any external interference, cut or editing.

P R O G R A M M  E

The proposed program is as follows: Opening session: (Day-1)
1. Ancestral Remembrance
2. Welcome Address
3. Keynote Address
4. Presidential Address

Film Screening/Lectures/Panel Discussion and Q&A (Day-1)
1. Screening of Opening Film
Followed by Conversation and Q&A with director.
2. Screening of Festival Theme Film
3. Screening of Classic Film
Followed by Ranjeet Oraon's Lecture on Adivasi and Indian Cinema with Q&A

Documentary/Short Film (Day-2)
1. Panel Discussion with Adivasi Filmmakers, Writers, Critics and AR Activists | Followed by Q&A.
Subject: Adivasi Rights Expression between Extremism and State of Terror
2. Documentaries/Short Films Screening
Followed by Q&A with Directors.
3. Open Dialogue on 'Adivasi Storytelling and Art of Cinema: Challenges and Possibilities in Perspective of Adivasi Rights'

Dialogue Session (Day-3)
1. Film Screening (International)
Followed by Q&A with Directors.
2. Panel Discussion with Adivasi Filmmakers, Writers, Critics and AR Activists | Followed by Q&A.

Subject: Adivasi Filmmaking, Finance and Facilitation Strategy in Local Theatre to Virtual World.

Closing Session (Day-3)
1. Screening of Classic Film
2. Closing and Award Ceremony Address
3. Closing Address
4. Vote of Thanks

A T    A    G L A N C E

Film Screening
1. Screening of 5 (2 Indian and 3 Foreign) and one Indian classic feature films produced by national and international Adivasi/Indigenous filmmakers.
2. Screening of invited 3 Indian and one selected foreign documentary films.
3. Screening of Invited 3 Indian and one selected foreign short films.

Lectures and Q&A.
1. By Adivasi-Indigenous Filmmakers.
2. By Adivasi-Indigenous AR Activists.
3. By Literature, Arts, Cinema, Media and Intertainment Industries Persons.

Panel Discussion and Open Dialogues
Subject 1: Adivasi and Indian Cinema
Subject 2: Adivasi Rights Expression between Extremism and State of Terror
Subject 3: Adivasi Storytelling and Art of Cinema: Challenges and Possibilities in Perspective of Adivasi Rights<
Subject 4: Adivasi Filmmaking, Finance and Facilitation Strategy in Local Theatre to Virtual World.

Special Sessions
1. Opening Event
2. Closing Event
3. MADAIT (Promotion) SESSION:
(In this session a presentation of the selected story / an excerpt / trailer of the three new films will be done to the help of Adivasi filmmakers.)

Total Screening in Festival
1. Feature Films 6 (3 Indian, 3 Foreign)
2. Short Films 5 (3 Indian, 2 Foreign)
3. Documentary Films 5 (3 Indian, 2 Foreign)

Expected Participation
On an average 100 people will be present at the film festival every day excluding filmmakers, AR activists, guest faculty and media persons.

Besides this, Adivasi critics and writers, research scholars and intellectuals, social activists and literary lovers of Adivasi society will be present in this event.


Pyara Kerketta Poetry Festival 2020


On the occasion of Pyara Kerketta Jayanti, JBSS Akhra organized a Three-day Live Multilingual Adivasi-Indigenous Poetry Conference from 3rd to 5th June 2020. Mukta Toppo, Vishwasi Ekka, Preeti Ranjana Dungdung and Poonam Wasam (Hindi); Alam Parsa and Ajit Kumar Kullu (Sadari/Nagpuri); Anita Mahto, Mahendra Goswami Sudhakar and Sukumar (Khortha); Babarao Madavi (Marathi); Vandana Bharti (Angika); Rajkishor Singh (Panchparganiya); Ratan Mahato 'Satyarthi' (Kudmali); Parvati Tirkey (Kudukh); Sardar Meena (Dhundari); Nirmal Murmu, Usha Kiran Tudu and Pankaj Kisku (Santali) has recited on this multilingual poetry conference.

Adivasi Sahitya Live


We started this live program when people were battling loneliness, despair and fear during the first phase of the lockdown of the Covid-19 epidemic. Its first telecast was on 25 March 2020. It went live randomly from 25 March to 16 April 2020 and from 17 April 2020 it was named 'Adivasi Sahitya Live'. Regular telecast took place from 17th April to 3rd May 2020 i.e. twice a day. One at 3 pm and the other at 7 pm. From May 6 to May 20, 2020, it was organized only once at 7.30 pm. Under this, live programs of more than 50 Adivasi litterateurs and cultural workers from 12 states of the country have been organized so far. And, even now this live program continues in an irregular manner.



'Bankhri Gamana' is a word from Kharia Adivasi language which means to tell a story. The program was started online from 1st May 2020 on various popular social media platforms. Its purpose was to keep people away from the stress of Kovid-19 which is the Adivasi way. It used to air simultaneously every night at 10 pm on Facebook's Adivasi literature page, Jharkhandi Akhra's YouTube and SoundCud's channel. The anchor of this program was Preeti Ranjana Dungdung, a young Adivasi scholar from Simdega, Jharkhand. In this storytelling program, more than two dozen stories of Adivasi storytellers were narrated till the first week of June 2020.

Seek wisdom, not knowledge. Knowledge is of the past, Wisdom is of the future.