Pravini Baboeram is an artist and activist of DIN in The Netherlands. She is 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.
Now she produced a documentary about the social struggle in Europe.
The documentary is based on the album The Uprising, also written and produced by Pravini. The nine songs from the album act as a common thread in the film. In these songs, Pravini connects the fight against Blackface, the struggle for the recognition of colonial crimes committed by the Netherlands in Indonesia, the liberation movement for Palestine and the struggle in the political field for an inclusive society. The Uprising thus offers a unique view of the fight against racism in Europe through the eyes of people of color.
More info about The Uprising is available at: www.pravinimusic.com
View the trailer here: https://vimeo.com/329425921
The Uprising premiered in Pakhuis de Zwijger earlier this year and since then has been screened in various places within the Netherlands and abroad: Filmhuis Den Haag (The Hague, NL), Hiphophuis (Rotterdam, NL), Seminar on Reparations for Slavery and Colonization (Caracas , Venezuela), UCLA (Los Angeles, USA), UC Berkeley (Berkeley, USA), Centro Cultural de la Raza (San Diego, USA), Museum of African Diaspora (Smithsonian Affiliate, San Francisco, USA) and IWPS Convergence (Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota, USA).
It has been selected for the international film festival DocuDonna, which takes place from October 25th until October 27th in Massa Marittima, Italy. The film festival focuses on female filmmakers and social justice issues.
In October Pravini will tour the UK, where various educational institutions and social organizations will screen the film. Afterwards she will continue her journey to Italy, where she will participate in the DocuDonna film festival for a screening of The Uprising.
The Uprising can also be seen in various places in the fall:
- September 13th, 2019 in Studio / K, Amsterdam (NL)
- September 23rd, 2019 at The Lighthouse Festival (The Hague University of Applied Sciences) in The Hague (NL)
- October 14th, 2019 at Utrecht University (NL)
- October 19th, 2019 at Islamic Human Rights Commission in London (UK)
- October 21th, 2019 at the University of Sussex (UK)
- October 22nd, 2019 at the University of Sunderland (UK)
- October 23rd, 2019 at Impact Hub in Birmingham (UK)
- October 26th, 2019 at DocuDonna film festival in Massa Marittima (Italy)
- October 28th, 2019 at John Cabot University in Rome (Italy)
- December 6th, 2019 at Hasselt University (Belgium)