Directed by Shaheen Ahmed and Ashfaque EJ, Lynch Nation is a crowd funded documentary on the disturbing rise of cow vigilantism and Hindu nationalism in India. Told from the perspective of the families affected by the spate of mob-lynching in the country, it was shot across Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Jharkhand.
The film draws the audience into the grief, loss of livelihood and sense of security, and the struggle for justice that follows such acts of brutality and violence. How the aggrieved families conceive justice may vary from that which is provided by the law, but what remains indisputable is that the legal battle for even the most minimal due process leaves the families high and dry with no recompense in sight.
By now, Lynch Nation has travelled across the world to various film festivals, and continues to be relevant in India’s atmosphere of increasing brutality. Watch it here.
In 2018, the Indian Cultural Forum had spoken to Ashfaque and Vishu Sejwal, one of it’s two assistant directors. Watch the interview here.