On this blog, I’ve been collecting movies about journalism (part 1, part 2). Those lists consist of powerful and beautiful films, yet none of them show the importance of journalism as the documentary I heard about this week, called Nero’s Guests (2009).
It depicts the quest of Indian journalist Palagummi Sainath, who writes about the staggering amount of suicides amongst cotton farmers. In a country where most media just report on celebrities, he fights for getting poverty on the agenda. Not just by writing, but also by giving speeches.
During the documentary, he gives an impressive speech on inequality and it’s this talk that the film owes its title to.
Please, find an hour to watch this film. Not just for the sake of journalism, but also for the suffering of Indian farmers.