Synopsis by Eleanor Mannikka
The inhuman treatment of Untouchables or outcastes in one village in the Indian state of Bihar is the tragedy that fuels this devastating though occasionally flawed drama by Prakash Jha. The village is dictatorially run by a corrupt Brahman (the highest of the four major castes in India) who illegally maintains his control via rigged elections. When the Untouchables who work his land walk out in protest, he coolly orders them massacred and then torches their homes. Soon the police and a government minister arrive to investigate the disaster, but guess whose story they believe?