The Backward Class

an Affinity Film production in association with Knowledge Network

Writer/Director: Madeleine Grant
Producer: Jessica Cheung & Madeleine Grant
Executive Producers: Murray Battle, Miranda de Pencier
Editor: Aynsley Baldwin
Directors of Photography: Nathan Drillot, Chris Hebert, Mike Rae
Composer: Edo van Breemen
Website: www.thebackwardclass.com
Synopsis: A hopeful coming-of-age story – the first class of Dalit (“untouchable”) caste students in India’s history, undertake the national ISC high school graduation exams as a means to a brighter future for themselves, and an opportunity to break their families out of the destitution they’ve been entrenched in for generations.

Awards: Audience Award – 2014 Hot Docs International Canadian Documentary Film Festival, Can-Am Grand Prix of Cinema Award – 2014 Windsor International Film Festival, World Documentary Award – 2014 Whistler Film Festival