In the village of Dharmaj in central Gujarat, India, every year a special event is organised where villagers meet and collect donations for charitable projects to contribute to the development of the village. As Dharmaj is located in a rural region with a long history of international migration, many of the participating ‘villagers’ live abroad. For them, the event is an occasion to visit and meet their old school friends, neighbours, and relatives.
This film was made by Dakxin Bajrange, Mario Rutten and Sanderien Verstappen. It was conceptualised and supervised by Mario Rutten and Sanderien Verstappen, based on long-term research of Mario Rutten in the central Gujarat region and among migrants from the region in the UK, and directed by Dakxin Bajrange. The film is part of the Provincial Globalisation research programme of the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR), University of Amsterdam, and the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bangalore, India, funded by WOTRO Science for Global Development, the Netherlands (NWO). More info on the Provincial Globalisation Research Programme: provglo.org/
Transnational Village Day, 2015, Dakxin Bajrange, Mario Rutten and Sanderien Verstappen, Noman Movies/ University of Amsterdam.