Our Daughters Shall Inherit the Wealth of Our Stories: The Imaginactivism of Yugantar Film Collective

For the ninth collaboration with Forum Expanded, SAVVY Contemporary continues to explore what lies beyond the screen, this year by shifting their inquiry from a single filmmaker’s practice to processes of making films collectively. Tracing models of cooperation and self-organisation among oppressed classes, castes, and communities, the exhibition Our Daughters Shall Inherit the Wealth of Our Stories performatively unpacks the practice of the first feminist film collective from India – Yugantar.

Our Daughters Shall Inherit the Wealth of Our Stories will manifest spatially in the form of a convivial cinema appreciation, exhibition and discursive space that hosts films and people that resonate with the spirit of the collective alongside a constellation of stories, contextual information and artistic resonances. SAVVY Contemporary welcomes Yugantar’s ecology of vision by accommodating further mediations and entanglements in a programme that extends the duration of the films through other creative productions in performance, literature, theory, as well as in the reality of SAVVY’s neighbourhood and the larger professional community of Berlin. Adding these lively dimensions, the exhibition animates this complex lineage to be a source of new propositions for a collective filmmaking practice that strives towards relations based on equality across different backgrounds and perspectives.
by Yugantar 2023 Colour & Black/White


Director Yugantar

Produced by

SAVVY Contemporary


The film collective Yugantar was founded by Deepa Dhanraj, Abha Bhaiya, Navroze Contractor, and Meera Rao in 1980. Between 1980 and 1983, during a time of radical political transformation in India, Yugantar created four pioneering films together with existing or ensuing women’s groups.


1981 Molkarin (Maid Servant); 25 min. 1982 Tambaku Chaakila Oob Ali (Tobacco Ember); 25 min. 1983 Idhi Katha Matramena (Is This Just a Story?); 25 min. · Sudesha

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2023