Caste Aside: film screening Southall

Caste discrimination banner  Credit David Holt via Flickr
Credit David Holt via Flickr

“Caste Aside” is a documentary about caste based discrimination that affects millions of people worldwide; it also explores the pros and cons of the UK Government public caste consultation and its potential effects on equality law and our society.

St Anselm's parish Southall, in partnership with the Christian Network Against Caste Discrimination (CNACD of which Fr Gerard Mitchell SJ is the Chair) and Voice of Dalit International (VODI), will be hosting a screening of this documentary

There will be a panel and/or Q & A after the screening. Please join us and participate in this important event!  Tickets are free but you can book them here

The caste system has been a source of much debate in South Asia. But what happens when British Indians say caste discrimination has followed them overseas?

Caste Aside is a documentary about the British government's controversial decision to introduce legislation against caste discrimination in the UK. Highlighting both sides of this heated debate, the documentary speaks to Dalit rights activists, Hindu community leaders, academics and lawyers, as well as those who say they have been discriminated against on the basis of their caste - here in Britain.

While some members of the British Indian community believe that making caste an aspect of the Equality Act 2010 would shine a negative light on the Hindu community and create social tension, others believe that caste legislation is a necessary protection for victims.

The UK government has been torn between these two groups for years, finally resulting in a public consultation to seek the views of the general public on the issue. With the consultation now complete, both sides await a response.

With a big decision on the government's hands, Caste Aside highlights the bigger picture behind the public consultation and the story behind the UK's caste problem.

Who will the government ultimately believe?

Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 19:00
St Anselm's parish centre
The Green
United Kingdom