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The Uprising

Musician and activist Pravini Baboeram presents “The Uprising”, a music documentary that tells the story of resistance against racism in Europe. With commentary and experiences from academics and activists, the Dutch-Indian singer/songwriter offers a decolonial perspective on the anti-racism movement in the Netherlands, UK and France. She not only provides an analysis of the history and legacy of colonialism, but also a vision on strategy for the future of the movement.

This documentary zooms in on collective challenges of communities of color. In 9 self-written songs Pravini connects the fight against Blackface, the struggle for the recognition of colonial crimes that the Netherlands has committed in Indonesia, the fight for the liberation of Palestine and the struggle in the political field for an inclusive society. “The Uprising” offers a unique view of the resistance against racism in Europe through the eyes of people of color.

  • Pravini Baboeram
  • Pravini Baboeram
  • Pravini Baboeram
  • Rakesh Mahes
  • Jessica de Abreu
    Key Cast
  • Hatem Bazian
    Key Cast
  • Houria Bouteldja
    Key Cast
  • Chaima Demnate
    Key Cast
  • Ramón Grosfoguel
    Key Cast
  • Roberto D. Hernández
    Key Cast
  • Sandew Hira
    Key Cast
  • Raza Kazim
    Key Cast
  • Tunahan Kuzu
    Key Cast
  • Arzu Merali
    Key Cast
  • Selim Nadi
    Key Cast
  • Jeffry Pondaag
    Key Cast
  • Stephen Small
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature, Music Video
  • Genres:
    Music Documentary
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 33 minutes 45 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 23, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
    France, Netherlands, Spain, United Kingdom
  • Language:
    Dutch, English
  • Shooting Format:
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Pakhuis de Zwijger
    April 25, 2019
    Dutch premiere
  • Actiefestival: steun het tegengeluid!
    May 3, 2019
  • Seminar on Reparations for slavery and colonization
    Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
    May 15, 2019
    South American Premiere
  • University of California Los Angeles
    Los Angeles
    United States
    May 17, 2019
    North American Premiere
  • Centro Cultural de la Raza
    San Diego
    United States
    May 19, 2019
  • UC Berkeley, Center for Latino Policy Research/Latinx Research Center
    United States
    May 23, 2019
  • Museum of African Diaspora
    San Francisco
    United States
    May 29, 2019
Distribution Information
  • Pravini Productions
    Country: Netherlands
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Pravini Baboeram

Pravini Baboeram is an artist and activist, creating art to contribute to social change. As an independent artist she has set up her own label Pravini Productions, that has produced 5 albums, 6 singles and 5 international tours. She is co-founder of action committee Holi is not a Houseparty, a campaign against cultural appropriation of the Hindu spring festival Holi, and initiator of the Anti-racism Voting Guide. In addition, she led the campaign Tetary Must Rise, a crowdfunding campaign for the replacement of the statue of colonizer Barnet Lyon by the Hindustani warrior of resistance Janey Tetary. Pravini also set up Indian History Month to celebrate stories and contributions of people from the Indian diaspora. In 2019 she releaseed her album and documentary “The Uprising”, a film about the anti-racism movement in Europe. With this film Pravini makes an innovative contribution to the documentary genre, in which she fuses art and activism in a unique way.

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Director Statement

This film tells the story I was looking for but couldn’t find. Countless films have been made that touch on issues related to racism. But very few of them actually address the link with the colonial past and the common challenges different communities of color face. And none of the films I encountered focus on the European context and current struggles of people of color.

I also noticed a lot of stories were meant to convince white people of the problem. But these films didn’t show anything people of color don’t already know. Ofcourse they provide an important platform for underrepresented stories and experiences. But what I was looking for was more than storytelling. I was looking for analysis of institutional racism. I was looking for a language to challenge people who uphold this system, whether they are aware of it or not. I was looking for a story that connected the dots between different communities who are fighting the same system of oppression. I was looking for a story not to convince white people of the problem, but to empower people of color to challenge and combat it.

When I started writing my new album, I realized it was the story I was looking for. Every song we wrote was a piece of the puzzle, a bigger picture that told the story of resistance through the eyes of people of color. This story wasn’t just based on music, but the songs were accompanied with images in my head. With every song and every image people popped up in my mind who educated me on these issues. The more the album progressed, the more I heard a whisper in my head telling me to take that step. To make that film that I was searching for. Because I knew that if I was looking for it, many others were trying to find the same thing.

In January 2018 I decided to take the leap. 9 songs, 13 interviews and countless hours of footage later the film I was looking for is finally here. The journey of making it has inspired me on many levels. From the conversations with the people who were willing to share their analysis, to the collaborations with people who believed in the project, to stepping out of my own comfort zone as an artist and make my directorial debut. The Uprising has inspired and empowered me. I hope it does the same for you.