Film Screening and Panel Discussion

Geeta Aiyer, Founder, Direct Action for Women Now Worldwide (DAWN)

Elora Halim Chowdhury, Associate Professor and Chair of Women’s and Gender Studies, U-Mass Boston

Beena Sarwar, Editor, Aman ki Asha, Jang Group Pakistan; former Nieman Fellow and Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

Rahul RoyDirector

Chair: Parimal G. Patil, Professor of Religion and Indian Philosophy, Committee on the Study of Religion, FAS, Chair of the Department of South Asian Studies

In 1999 the film, When four friends meet, ends with the promise that the four young men who are the main protagonists of the film and the director will meet again in ten years. They do meet again in 2012 and the world seems to have changed in the years that have gone by. The four friends are now married, have children and entirely new ideas like the share market have made an entry into what was a working class resettlement area of Delhi. The documentary (90 min, 2013) explores through the everyday of four men the experience of a changing Delhi and how it intersects with their marriage, children, families and work. The documentary criss-crosses between 1998 and 2012 to set up a story that spans more than a decade and brings us up close to the unpredictability of life as well as continuities that belie any simple answers to the idea of the city, its working populations, change and men.

 

Cosponsored with the Department of South Asian StudiesHarvard Asia Center, Political Anthropology Working Group, The Sensory Ethnography Lab, and The Film Study Center