Broken Gods (2019)

  • Werbner Award
  • 42min


Set among the Rathava and Bhil Adivasi communities of western India, Broken Gods documents the social impact of Hindu religious evangelism among India’s Indigenous groups. As Indigenous people join Hindu religious sects, their old gods are literally becoming broken - devotional mural paintings are being whitewashed from homes, and the earthen figurines in honour of village gods and ancestors are being left to fall apart. While for those who convert, joining a Hindu sect offers the allure of a better life, those who continue to follow their old ways have been ostracized by their communities. Their broken gods have lost the power to protect them from illness and scarcity.

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