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SAI Event Type : Film Event


Mon, November 20, 2017 from 06:00pm - 09:00pm  /  Harvard Art Museum

Screening of Deepa Mehta’s “Earth”

Join us for a screening of Deepa Mehta’s Earth (1998; 110 min.), the third and final film in her acclaimed Elemental trilogy.

In this film, a young girl with polio, Lenny, narrates the story through the voice of her adult self. She is from a wealthy Parsi family who hopes to remain neutral to the rising tensions between Hindus, Sikhs, and Muslims in her neighborhood. She is adored and protected by her parents and is cared for by Shanta, her Ayah (maid). Shanta is part of a larger group of Hindu, Muslim, and Sikh friends who spend their days together in the park. With partition, however, this once- unified group of friends becomes divided and tragedy ensues.

Filmmaker Deepa Mehta will offer introductory remarks and will participate in a conversation with David Hamilton (producer of Deepa Mehta’s films); Jinah Kim (Gardner Cowles Associate Professor of History of Art and Architecture); and Durba Mitra (Carol K. Pforzheimer Assistant Professor at the Radcliffe Institute and Assistant Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality), after the film.

Deepa Mehta is an Oscar-nominated filmmaker whose work is celebrated on an international scale. Her emotionally resonating, award-winning films have played every major film festival, and many remain audience favorites. She is best known for her Elemental trilogy: EarthFire, and Water. Other films include Bollywood/HollywoodHeaven on Earth, and the epic adaptation of Salman Rushdie’s Booker Prize–winning novel, Midnight’s Children.

This screening is offered in conjunction with the installation Women in South Asian Art, on view in the University Teaching Gallery at the Harvard Art Museums through January 7, 2018. This installation complements Jinah Kim’s undergraduate course in Harvard’s Department of History of Art and Architecture. The course explores images of women in South Asian art, taking a historical perspective in order to understand the politics of gender and the social status of women in today’s South Asia.

The screening will take place in Menschel Hall, Lower Level. Please enter the museums via the entrance on Broadway.

Free admission

The first two installments in the Elemental trilogy, Water and Fire, were screened at the Harvard Art Museums on September 8 and 29, respectively.

Complimentary parking available in the Broadway Garage, 7 Felton Street, Cambridge.

Support for this program is provided by the Richard L. Menschel Endowment Fund.

Co-sponsored by Harvard Art Museums and Lakshmi Mittal South Asia Institute.

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Tue, October 31, 2017 from 06:00pm - 07:30pm  /  CGIS South, S020 Belfer

Nostalgia for the Future

The collaboration between Avijit Mukul Kishore and Rohan Shivkumar emerges from the intersection of their respective disciplines – architecture and documentary film. The film opens these disciplines to self-critique and looks at the way that they imagine and construct a nation and its citizen.

Avijit Mukul, Filmmaker
Rohan Shivkumar, Architect

Chair: Rahul Mehrotra
Professor Of Urban Design And Planning,
Harvard Graduate School Of Design

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CGIS South, S020 Belfer
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge MA 02138

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Fri, October 20, 2017 from 02:00pm - 03:30pm  /  Harvard Art Museum

Sita Sings the Blues

Film: 

Harvard Art Museums32 Quincy Street
Cambridge MA

“I am enchanted. I am swept away. I am smiling from one end of the film to the other.”

This was film critic Roger Ebert’s reaction to Nina Paley’s Sita Sings the Blues (2008), an animated film that follows two parallel stories. The first is the ancient tale of Sita, the heroine of the Hindu mythological story of the Ramayana, and the second is the modern biographical tale of Nina, the filmmaker herself.

Originally a short that Paley expanded almost single-handedly into a feature film, Sita Sings the Blues incorporates multiple styles of animation: from the 18th-century tradition of Rajput painting and traditional Indian shadow puppets to modern vector graphic animation and lo-fi “squigglevision.” Each aspect comes together to unfold Paley’s retelling of the Ramayana in a form sympathetic to Sita, alongside the exploration of events from Paley’s own life. Paley’s take on the Ramayana was not uncontroversial; her shifting of the focus from Prince Rama to Sita drew strong reactions upon release. But ultimately, the film’s brightness, humor, color, and exuberance make it the perfect event to celebrate Diwali, the Hindu festival celebrating the victory of light, goodness, knowledge, and hope over darkness, evil, ignorance, and despair—aspirations that feel more pressing than ever at this particular moment.

The screening will take place in Menschel Hall, Lower Level. Please enter the museums via the entrance on Broadway.

Free admission

This screening is offered in conjunction with the installation “Women in South Asian Art,” on view in the University Teaching Gallery at the Harvard Art Museums through January 7, 2018. This installation complements Jinah Kim’s undergraduate course in Harvard’s Department of History of Art and Architecture. The course explores images of women in South Asian art, taking a historical perspective in order to understand the politics of gender and the social status of women in today’s South Asia.

Support for this program is provided by the Richard L. Menschel Endowment Fund.

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Sun, October 15, 2017 from 12:00pm - 06:00pm  /  Harvard Art Museum

Bollywood Screening at Harvard Art Museums

This Sunday, Oct 15, Harvard Art Museums will screen two landmark Indian films, Amar Akbar Anthony (1977) and Chak De! India (2007) – Free Admission.

The screening will take place in Menschel Hall, Lower Level. Please enter the museums via the entrance on Broadway.

12:05 pm Chak De! India
Directed by Shimit Amin and Rob Miller
(2007; 153 min.)

2:50 pm 15 Minute Intermission

3:05 PM Amar Akbar Anthony
Directed by Manmohan Desai
(1977; 183 min.)

https://www.harvardartmuseums.org/…/cale…/bollywood-film-day

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Fri, September 8, 2017 from 02:00pm - 04:00pm

Water by Deepa Mehta

Join us for a screening of Deepa Mehta’s acclaimed film Water (2005; 115 min.), part of the Elements trilogy. Set in 1938 Colonial India, against Mahatma Gandhi’s rise to power, the story begins when eight-year-old Chuyia is widowed and sent to a home where Hindu widows must live in penitence. Chuyia’s feisty presence affects the lives of the other residents, including a beautiful young widow, who falls for a Gandhian idealist.

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This screening is offered in conjunction with the installation Women in South Asian Art, on view in the University Teaching Gallery at Harvard Art Museums from August 26, 2017–January 7, 2018.
Free Admission

Please also join us to continue Mehta’s Elements trilogy with screenings of Fire on Friday, September 29 and Earth on Friday, October 27 at 2 pm in Menschel Hall.

Check Harvard Art Museum’s calendar for details: www.harvardartmuseums.org/visit/calendar.

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Thu, August 10, 2017 from 04:00pm - 07:30pm  /  Bikaner House, New Delhi

Looking Back, Informing the Future: The 1947 Partition of British India

Harvard South Asia Institute (SAI) and The Critical Collective invite you to a program on the 1947 Partition of British India. All are invited to our special Partition events in August – the discussions, exhibitions and performances are free and open to the public.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 10, 2017
Bikaner House, Delhi, India
4:00-7:30pm
Pandara Rd, Pandara Flats, India Gate, New Delhi, Delhi 110011, India

Panel Discussion
“Trauma and History: Understanding Partition through Art”
Facilitated by Gayatri Sinha, Critical Collective
With Amar Kanwar and Sonia Khurana

Roundtable Discussion
“Implications of Mass Dislocation Across Geographies”
Facilitated by Professor Jennifer Leaning, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
Professor Tarun Khanna, Faculty Director, Harvard SAI, Harvard Business School

Video Exhibition from August 8-16, 2017
“Trauma and History: Understanding Partition through Art”
Curated by The Critical Collective

Preview the Program

 

RSVP to Farhana at farhanasiddiqui09@gmail.com

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Thu, March 23, 2017 from 04:15pm - 06:00pm  /  CGIS South, S250

POSTPONED: Film Screening: For Fun

This event has been postponed and will be rescheduled for the fall semester.

Cosponsored Event

A charming story of a group of senior citizens who set up a Peking Opera club in hopes of finding revitalization through singing and dancing. Fast paced and delightful.

Cosponsored with the Asia Center

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CGIS South, S250
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA

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Wed, March 22, 2017 from 04:15pm - 05:30pm  /  CGIS South, S153

POSTPONED: Film Screening: Old Partner

This event has been postponed and will be rescheduled for the fall semester.

Cosponsored Event

An elderly farmer lives out his final days with his wife and a loyal ox in the Korean countryside.

Cosponsored with the Asia Center

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CGIS South, S153
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

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