On Oct. 9, Palagummi Sainath will be arriving at the Coady International Institute to occupy the 1915 Chair of Social Justice role, for a duration.
As a prelude and in honour of his arriving, Antigonish International Film Festival (AIFF) will be having a special showing of the documentary A Tribe of His Own, a film about Sainath; a well-known and passionate journalist from India who has worked with poverty-stricken farmers and others in his country.
The showing will be on Oct. 2, at 7 p.m., at 151 Nicholson Hall. Admission by donation.
Sainath is also a photojournalist who focuses on social problems, rural affairs, poverty and the aftermath of globalization in India.
“Journalism is for people, not shareholders,” he is quoted as saying.
“At a time when political spin is presented as fact, Sainath maintains responsible journalism is the bedrock of democracy, essential if a country, like ours, is to remain a place we can be proud to live and work in,” promotional material for the film, supplied by AIFF, states.
Sainath has won numerous awards and was the first recipient, in 2000, of the Amnesty International Human Rights Journalist of the Year Award.
Larry Lamey with AIFF talks about the timing of the showing.
“Due to a combination of luck, planning and our own efforts, we are able to feature this award-winning film about an outstanding international journalist just before he arrives at the Coady,” he said.
Carole Roy of StFX’s Adult Education Department cites Sainath’s “meaningful and life-changing work” with the rural poor in India, praising his “commitment and courage.”
“He is a gifted photojournalist of the highest order,” Roy said, in encouraging folks to attend A Tribe of His Own and learn about the man who will be in Antigonish less than a week later.