Donkey in a Brahmin Village (அக்ரகாரத்தில் கழுதை / Agraharathil Kazhuthai) (1977)

  • April 28, 2024 | 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM | Sunday
  • Oldham Theatre


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2K Restoration
Director: John Abraham
Language: Tamil with English Subtitles
Country: India
Runtime: 90 min
Rating: PG13


Narayanasami, a professor of philosophy, takes in an orphaned donkey. Its alien presence invites scorn and ridicule, unleashing chaos in a conservative cloistered community of Brahmin elites. Loosely inspired by French auteur Robert Bresson’s seminal 1966 classic Au Hazard Balthazar, John Abraham spins a social satire that hits out at the hypocrisies and bigotries of the caste system.

Mainly making films in Malayalam, Donkey in a Brahmin Village is Abraham’s first and only Tamil film, in his modest but acclaimed filmography. After the completion of just four features, his life came to a tragic end in 1987 due to an unfortunate accident. He notably spearheaded the radical Odessa Collective in 1984, which aimed to transform the nature of film production and distribution by envisioning it as a collaborative project with the public, seeking liberation from capital and market-driven forces.

The restoration of Donkey in a Brahmin Village was made possible by the National Film Development Corporation of India and the National Film Archive of India.

Donkey in a Brahmin Village is part of the film programme Parallels: Indian New Cinema (1965-1981). For the full programme, please click here

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