October 23/24, 2009
URI Kingston Campus
Friday, October 23:
Swan 304(Screening Room:
6:00 PM: Earth (Deepa Mehta, India/Canada, 1998) 110 min. Hindi-Urdu/English subtitles.
Deepa Mehta's second film in her elements trilogy is set during the 1947 partition of India and Pakistan. It follows a young girl, her family, and their neighbors as they struggle to remain neutral when civil war explodes. A romantic rivalry and other matters of daily life are eventually engulfed in the violent conflicts between Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs. The film builds in intensity until reaching a powerful, unforgettable conclusion. "...a formidable film, one that shows how political forces can transform harmonious differences into deadly divisions."
8:00 PM: Paap ( Sin ) (Pooja Bhatt, India, 2003) 121 mins. Hindi/English subtitles.
In this suspenseful Bollywood thriller, Kaya has dreams of joining the monastery in her village. She is called upon by the religious leaders to bring back a special little boy to fulfill their ancient prophecy, and she would like nothing more to do her duty. During their travels, however, the boy witnesses a murder, and they are forced to rely on a tough cop to keep the boy safe. In hiding and moving in shadows, their very disparate views on religion and morality fade as earthly desires grow.
Saturday, October 24:
Swan 304 (Screening Room):
1:00 PM: Ek Din Achanak [Suddenly One Day] (Mrinal Sen, India, 1989) 105 min. Hindi/English subtitles.
Based on a story by Ramapada Choudhury, Mrinal Sen's closely observed, highly personal drama tells of a sensitive academic who leaves his house one evening and never returns. Through a series of heart-rending flashbacks, Sen meticulously explores the reasoning for this desertion by delving into the professor's rocky relationships with various members of his family.
3:00 PM: Salaam Bombay! (Mira Nair, India/UK/France, 1988) 113 min. Hindi & English/with English subtitles.
An international critical favorite. Director Mira Nair examines the wretched social conditions of the street urchins of Bombay by filming on location and selecting most of her cast from the local population. The movie focuses on Krishna, a 10-year-old boy on his own who falls in with prostitutes, drug dealers, crooked cops and the indifferent bureaucracy of India. “...a film that has the everyday, unforced reality of documentary, and yet the emotional power of great drama.”