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The Last Man
Directed by Dakxinkumar Chhara. Produced by Shatterproof Productions. 2020. United Kingdom. 61 minutes. Country/region featured: India Q&A chat session with director Dakxinkumar Chhara, and producers Dr. Manisha Maganji and Naveen Judah Tue, 03/23/2021 - 10:30a EDT
The last man is a documentary filmed on human condition of manual scavengers and the role of caste system in Indian societies defining the destiny of many poor and low class communities within the subcontinent. Manual scavenging is a term used in India for the manual removal of untreated human excreta from sewers, bucket toilets or pit latrines by hand with buckets and shovels. In complete Violation of basic human rights and dignity. Incredibly they belong to one specific community now known as the Valmikis who have been engaged in this occupation for hundreds of years. India has succeeded in sending its mission to the Mars with technological and engineering advancements, but India’s caste-based social system has failed to stop sending human beings into the pit full of muck, poisonous gases and infectious diseases. ‘The Last Man’ aims to show the ground reality through everyday life of manual scavengers engaged in different types of manual scavenging, endangering and losing their lives in cleaning the choked sewers, and manholes.