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SAI Event Type : Film Event


Satyam Shivam Sundaram (Love Sublime/Love, Truth and Beauty)

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Sun, Sep 16, 2012 at 07:00pm

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Sun, Sep 16, 2012 at 09:00pm

AJ KAPOOR FILM SERIES presented by:
SOUTH ASIA INITIATIVE AND THE HARVARD FILM ARCHIVE

Directed by Raj Kapoor, India, 1978

There is nothing quite like Satyam Shivam Sundaram: it’s a meditation on love and beauty, a raunchy, Russ-Meyer-esque T&A melodrama, an exposé of the dangers of rural electrification and a throwback psychedelic musical.


SAI Film Event

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Thu, Feb 14, 2013 at 04:00pm

END
Thu, Feb 14, 2013 at 05:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S050
Harvard University

ADDRESS
CGIS South, S050
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA

Stir. Fry. Simmer

Vani Subramanian, Film Maker; Visiting Fellow, Cornell University

Chair: Theodore Bestor, Reischauer Institute Professor of Social Anthropology and Japanese Studies & Director, Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, Harvard University

The film screening (54 minutes) will be followed by a discussion with the film maker.

Reception to follow film screening and discussion

Co-sponsored by the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies

In newspapers, on news channels and in our everyday trips to the market, we are constantly confronted with rising food prices, colossal wastage of food by the State, compromised policies on food security, and other such failures and fractures around food. Yet flipping across the same television channels or newspapers, we could find ourselves lulled into countless conversations on food as excess, debates on dieting, journalism on cuisines and travel, and even cooking as a ticket to a glamorous and successful future.

Standing in the midst of it all, not completely insulated from these worlds, and yet, not completely embedded, is our own kitchen. A place where love is often served up with equal portions of routinized cooking. The place where anecdotes heard and experiences lived, forever flavor what we eat, and how we remember eating it. The place where our taste buds learn to flower to the familiar. Conversely of course, our kitchen are also the very place where we learn what food and practices are not ours, cleaving out the edible from inedible, desired from despised, irresistible from inacceptable.

As we carry these sensibilities to the outside world, we think our responses to food are ‘instinctive’… but are they? Where does my plate end, and yours begin? Are we what we eat, or do we, in fact, eat what we are?

These are just some of the delightful (and not so delightful questions) that STIR. FRY. SIMMER, a film by Vani Subramanian stirs up as it talks about food, memory, nostalgia, belonging, family, community, nation, alienation, desire and disgust, politics, prejudice and power… just some of the many things that food is, and signifies to all of us.


Quarter Number 4/11 – Film Event

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Fri, Dec 7, 2012 at 05:30pm

END
Fri, Dec 7, 2012 at 08:00pm

VENUE
CGIS Knafel, K262
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1737 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA 02138

RESCHEDULED: NEW DATE & TIME

 

Ranu Ghosh, Documentary Director and Screenplay Writer

Jaya Bhagat, Edward S. Mason Fellow 2013, Harvard Kennedy School

Ajantha Subramanian, Professor, Social Anthropology Program, Department of Anthropology, Harvard University

Quarter Number 4/11 is a ground zero perspective of urban real estate development, as witnessed by director/cinematographer Ranu Ghosh and narrated through the plight of an ex-factory worker Shambhu Prasad Singh, a victim of this development in Calcutta’s South City, a residential complex-cum-shopping mall-cum-school for the wealthy. It is about one man’s lone, long, losing fight to hold on to his ground where he was born, grew up and earned his living. It is the narrative of a man who is being forced to evacuate his ground to make space for ‘development’

Reception prior to Film Screening at 5:30 PM, Film begins at 6:00 PM


Meera Nam Joker (My Name Is Joker)

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Sat, Sep 15, 2012 at 07:00pm

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Sat, Sep 15, 2012 at 09:00pm

VENUE
Harvard Film Archive

ADDRESS
Harvard Film Archive
Carpenter Center
Harvard University

RAJ KAPOOR FILM SERIES presented by:
SOUTH ASIA INITIATIVE AND THE HARVARD FILM ARCHIVE

Directed by Raj Kapoor, India, 1970

Kapoor’s legendary film maudit, about a mopey, love-obsessed clown and his three pathetically failed love affairs is a compulsively watchable, astonishing train wreck of a film.


Jagte Raho (Stay Awake)

START
Sun, Sep 16, 2012 at 04:30pm

END
Sun, Sep 16, 2012

VENUE
Harvard Film Archive

ADDRESS
Harvard Film Archive
Carpenter Center
Harvard University

RAJ KAPOOR FILM SERIES presented by:
SOUTH ASIA INITIATIVE AND THE HARVARD FILM ARCHIVE

Directed by Raj Kapoor, India, 1956

A Chaplinesque tramp gets more than he bargained for when he wanders into a luxury apartment building in search of a glass of water.


Film Event: Saving Face

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Thu, Oct 4, 2012 at 05:30pm

END
Thu, Oct 4, 2012 at 07:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S020 Belfer
Harvard University

ADDRESS
CGIS South, S020 Belfer
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA 02138

2012 Academy Award for Documentary, Short Subject

Directed by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy & Daniel Junge

Every year, hundreds of people- mostly women- are attacked with acid in Pakistan.Saving Face follows several of these survivors, their fight for justice, and a London-based reconstructive surgeon who has returned to his homeland of Pakistan to help them restore their faces and their lives.

Co-Sponsored with the Harvard Asia Center, the Women’s Law Association, and the Harvard Law Documentary Group.

 


Film Screening: Little Zizou and Q&A with director Sooni Taraporevala

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Sat, Oct 27, 2012 at 02:00pm

END
Sat, Oct 27, 2012 at 04:00pm

VENUE
Harvard Film Archive

ADDRESS
Harvard Film Archive
Carpenter Center
Harvard University

Join internationally acclaimed filmmaker Sooni Taraporevala for a screening of her film and Q&A afterwards, as part of an ongoing exhibit at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts of her photography, Parsis: The Zoroastrians of India (Oct. 25 – Dec. 20).

 

Little Zizou is a comedy for all ages. It is the rambunctious and moving story of how two battling Bombay families finally come to terms. In the spirit of Federico Fellini, with just a hint of Mel Brooks, Little Zizou presents characters who show us the necessity of love and the possibility of grace. This excerpt taken from movie’s official website; read more here.

This event is cosponsored with the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, with generous support from the Tata Group.


DAIRA

START
Thu, Jul 11, 2013 at 05:30pm

END
Thu, Jul 11, 2013 at 08:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium S010
Harvard University

ADDRESS
CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium S010
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

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.


Boot Polish

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Sun, Sep 9, 2012 at 04:00pm

END
Sun, Sep 9, 2012 at 06:00pm

VENUE
Harvard Film Archive

ADDRESS
Harvard Film Archive
Carpenter Center
Harvard University

RAJ KAPOOR FILM SERIES presented by:
SOUTH ASIA INITIATIVE AND THE HARVARD FILM ARCHIVE

Directed by Raj Kapoor, India, 1953

A tear-jerking neorealist tale in the mold of Vittorio De Sica’s ShoeshineBoot Polish follows an orphaned brother and sister who are forced by their horrid aunt to beg on the streets, until their lives are torn apart by the monsoon.



Bobby

START
Mon, Sep 10, 2012 at 07:00pm

END
Mon, Sep 10, 2012 at 09:00pm

VENUE
CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium S010
Harvard University

ADDRESS
CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium S010
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

RAJ KAPOOR FILM SERIES presented by:
SOUTH ASIA INITIATIVE AND THE HARVARD FILM ARCHIVE

Directed by Raj Kapoor, India, 1973

Raj Kapoor’s charming paean to youth, starring his son Rishi, follows a young couple who hit the road pursued by a zany horde of bounty hunting bandits.


Barsaat (Monsoon)

START
Fri, Sep 14, 2012 at 07:00pm

END
Fri, Sep 14, 2012 at 09:00pm

VENUE
Harvard Film Archive

ADDRESS
Harvard Film Archive
Carpenter Center
Harvard University

RAJ KAPOOR FILM SERIES presented by:
SOUTH ASIA INITIATIVE AND THE HARVARD FILM ARCHIVE

Directed by Raj Kapoor, India, 1949

Raj Kapoor’s first megahit shuttles between the stories of a romantic idealist and his more carnally-driven best friend, who both meet and romance the daughters of innkeepers.