Tuesday February 03, 2015

The Backward Class: Meet India's "untouchable" students

Filmmaker  Madeleine Grant joins guest host Daniel Richler to discuss her Hot Docs award-winning film,  The Backward Class. The documentary follows a group of students from India's formally banned but culturally ingrained "untouchable" caste as they prepare for their high-stakes final exams. 

Grant describes bright but underprivileged pupils hoping to break out of the cycle of poverty and explains how a university education could change the course of their lives. 

She also outlines the challenges that remain, and why deeper change may take more than a generation. 

Click here or on the listen button above to hear the full segment (0:17:56), plus watch the trailer for The Backward Class below.