The Yugantar Collective

This organisation is no longer active. The Yugantar Film Collective was India’s first feminist film collective.

Founded in Bangalore in 1980 by Deepa Dhanraj, Abha Bhaiya, Navroze Contractor, and Meera Rao, Yugantar made films in a variety of locations in India.

The collective made four short films in the early 1980s: Molkarin (1981), Tambaku Chaakila Oob Ali (1982), Idhi Katha Matramena (1983), and Sudesha (1983). A fifth film, Something Like A War by Deepa Dhanraj, was released in 1991.

A retrospective of Yugantar’s digitally-restored films was shown at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2019.