Series curator Steve Elkins will introduce and screen excerpts from Aparna Sen's 1989 film Sati (about a mute girl in an Indian village who marries a tree to avoid having to commit sati, the tradition of burning widows alive on their husband's funeral pyre).
|"Sati" directed by Aparna Sen|
Elkins will also give an introduction to and screen excerpts of films by Mira Nair (director of Salaam Bombay, Kama Sutra, and Monsoon Wedding).
We will conclude with a presentation on the work of writer Arundhati Roy, who is effectively the Noam Chomsky of India, including a screening of her legendary "Come September" speech and readings from her book The Algebra of Infinite Justice (2001).
Hope to see you there for this excellent evening of films, culture, and conversation.