Manusangada (Eng: Cry Humanity) is an Indian Tamil-language indie drama film directed by Amshan Kumar. The film is based on a true story about the signaling of the rise of Dalit struggles in contemporary India against long standing human rights violations. The title ‘Manusangada’ is from Inquilab’s poem of the same name and literally means ‘We are humans too.’
The film had its world priemere in Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival and its International Premiere at the Cairo International Film Festival. It was also selected in the Indian Panorama section of International Film Festival of India, Goa and was the only Tamil film to be selected that year. The film has also won the Best Feature Film award from the Puducherry Government in its 35th Indian Panorama Festival.
When Kolappan’s father dies, he isn’t allowed to carry his father’s body through the common pathway because he’s a Dalit. He seeks help from official powers only to find that they are equally casteist. Refusing to be cowed down, Kolappan begins a protest and finds his village standing by him. Based on an actual incident, Kolappan’s story is a look at the deeply-embedded prejudice that Dalits have endured and against which they are rising.
Directed by Amshan Kumar
Produced by S.Thara & Gana. Natkunan
Screenplay by Amshan Kumar
Starring Rajeev Anand, Manimegalai, A.S.Sasikumar, Sheela Rajkumar, Vidhur Rajarajan, Sethu Darwin, Anand Sampath
Music by Aravind-Shankar
Edited by Dhanasekar
Production A K FILMS
Release date 13 October 2017 (Jio MAMI) 12 October 2018
Running time 93 minutes