Patwardhan Films on, a subscription streamer offering arthouse, documentary and social issues films, today (March 5) starts hosting a retrospective of the work of Indian filmmaker Anand Patwardhan.

The service features the complete Patwardhan filmography, which covers recent Indian history and tackles issues including poverty and the caste system, the rise of militarism, Hindu fundamentalism and government extremism and repression.

Such controversial topics resulted in extensive government efforts to censor Patwardhan’s work. Two films – Bombay: Our City (1985) and Father, Son and Holy War (1994) – spent years in court before seeing the light of day.

Here’s an excerpt of Father, Son and Holy War, with English subtitles:

Other feature-length titles include:

Reason (2018) – eight parts
Jai Bhim Comrade (2012)
War and Peace (2002) – both 135- and 93-minute versions
A Narmada Diary (1995)
In the Name of God (1992)
In Memory of Friends (1990)

The retrospective also includes the following short films:

Fishing: In the Sea of Greed (1998)
A Time to Rise (1981)
Prisoners of Conscience (1978)
Waves of Revolution (1974)

And five music videos:

Ribbons for Peace (1998)

We Are Not Your Monkeys (1996)
Occupation: Mill Worker (1996)
Images You Didn’t See (2006)
Children of Mandala (2009)

Available in the US and Canada, can be streamed on its website or on Fire TVRokuiOS and Android devices. The service costs $6.99 per month, or $69.99 annually, with a 14-day free trial.

You can also find many of Patwardhan’s films, for free, on YouTube. Most don’t have English subtitles.

(Top image: ‘Bombay: Our City.’ Source:

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