Doria Bramante, Film Producer, Advisory Board member, International Campaign for Human Rights in Bhutan Narad M. Adhikari, Human rights activist, Board member, International Campaign for Human Rights in Bhutan Suraj Budathoki, Founder and Coordinator, International Campaign for Human Rights in Bhutan
Chair: Kevin Caffrey, Lecturer, Committee on Degrees in Social Studies
Amar Akbar Anthony is a 1977 Bollywood film about three brothers who were separated during childhood and who grew up in three separate homes, adopting different religions. The film was directed by Manmohan Desai and features Amitabh Bachchan, Vinod Khanna, and Rishi Kapoor. Amar Akbar Anthony was the biggest blockbuster of 1977 and won several Filmfare awards. We encourage you to join us! This film screening is open to the public.
Ontorjatra (‘The Inner Journey’) is a 2006 Bangla film exploring complex issues of identity and dislocation in a diaspora world. A divorced mother and her son return to Bangladesh after 15 years in London after the ex-husband’s sudden death and funeral. The story follows the transforming experience of the mother and son as they come to terms with this loss. For the British-bred son with no memory of his father or “homeland”, the return is a journey of rediscovery and self-actualization. For the mother the journey is a mixture of anxiety in anticipation of a difficult reunion and nostalgia for her youth. By the directors who brought Matir Moina “The Clay Bird” that won several awards among Cannes Film Festival. This film screening is open to the public.
Amir returns to Afghanistan to help his old friend Hassan, whose son is in trouble. The story is set against a backdrop of tumultuous events, from the fall of the monarchy in Afghanistan through the Soviet invasion, the mass exodus of Afghan refugees to Pakistan and the United States, and the Taliban regime.
Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam is a based on a Bengali novel by Bimal Mitra, providing a glimpse into the fall of feudalism in Bengal during the era of the British Raj. The film explores a platonic relationship between the lonely and beautiful wife of an aristocrat and a hard-working, part-time servant. The film has been rated among the top Bollywood movies ever produced and has won four Filmfare Awards. Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam features starts Guru Dutt, Meena Kumari, Rehman, Waheeda Rehman, and Nasir Hussain. Please join us for an evening of colorful music and classic Hindi film. This film screening is open to the public.
Dor (“String”), a 2006 Indian film, is a story about two women who come from different backgrounds and how fate brings them together. Meera, a young woman who becomes a widow shortly after marriage, is trapped by tradition. Zeenat faces the daunting task of saving the life of her husband, who is on trial for murder. A bahuroopiya helps her reach Meera, who holds the “string” to Zeenat’s hope.The companionship that develops between Meera and Zeenat results in redemption for both.
DAIRA (“Circle”) is a 2002 Pakistani movie based on the international bestseller Moth Smoke, authored by Mohsin Hamid. Set in Lahore, DAIRA is a film about givings and misgivings, love and deceit, or as Hamid puts it, the “cooled” and the “uncooled.” It is a story of the vicious circle of love, lust, longing, and Lahore. We encourage you to join us for this unique event! This film screening is open to the public.
Parsis: The Zoroastrians of India – special opening event.
Internationally-acclaimed screenwriter and photographer Sooni Taraporevala will discuss her work with Homi Bhabha, Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of the Humanities in the Department of English, the Director of the Humanities Center and the Senior Advisor on the Humanities to the President and Provost at Harvard University.
From October 25- December 20, Sooni Taraporevala’s photography exhibition, Parsis: The Zoroastrians of India, will be on display at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts. Sooni Taraporevala is best known as the screenwriter of Mississippi Masala, The Namesake, and Oscar-nominated Salaam Bombay, all directed by Mira Nair. She directed her first feature film, Little Zizou based on a screenplay of her own, an ensemble piece set in Mumbai, in 2007.
A reception and book-signing with the artist will follow the conversation.
RAJ KAPOOR FILM SERIESpresented by: SOUTH ASIA INITIATIVE AND THE HARVARD FILM ARCHIVE
Directed by Raj Kapoor, India, 1955
Raj Kapoor stars as country bumpkin Raju, who arrives in the big city to make his fortune and woos honest schoolteacher Vidya (Nargis) while secretly getting deeper and deeper into the urban underworld.