[ISAC] [Fwd: Showing of Anand Patwardhan's film at Princeton - fyi, please circulate (fwd)] (fwd)

PANKAJ MEHTA pankay at physics.rutgers.edu
Sun Sep 15 16:42:06 MDT 2002


EVENT IN PRINCETON, NJ
FREE MOVIE SCREENING OF PATWARDHAN'S "WAR AND PEACE"
>From New York, one can simply take the N.E. Corridor N.J. Transit train to
Princeton station and than take the dinky.

This film is currently banned in India. Having just returned from spending
six weeks in India during the recent showdown between India and Pakistan,
I think that it is important for the left to really understand the
ultra-nationalism that is present in the middle-classes of the Indian
subcontinent. Increasingly, this nationalism is being linked with
military might and relegious fundamentalism. This documentary explores
this phenomenon. (see below)

Pankaj

The Coalition for Peace Action invites you to an
Evening with Director/Producer
ANAND PATWARDHAN
presenting & discussing his
epic documentary film
"WAR & PEACE / JANG AUR AMAN"

Wednesday - SEPTEMBER 18 - 7:00PM
KRESGE AUDITORIUM
Frick Chemistry Building, Princeton University
Admission Free

Filmed over three tumultuous years in India,
Pakistan, Japan and the USA following the 1998
nuclear tests in the Indian sub-continent - WAR &
PEACE / JANG AUR AMAN is an epic documentary
journey of peace activism in the face of global
militarism and war. This film is CURRENTLY BANNED
in INDIA unless substantially edited. It will be
SHOWN HERE UNCUT with question and answer session
after the film.

Anand Patwardhan has been making politically
engaged documentaries in India for nearly three
decades. His films, while winning national and
international awards, have often upset the ruling
elite, as they tackle subjects like the urban
homeless (Bombay our City, 1985), religious
fundamentalism (In the Name of God, 1992), the
connection between machismo and sectarian
violence (Father, Son and Holy War, 1995) and the
plight of those displaced in the name of
"development" (A Narmada Diary, 1995).

Awards:
    Grand Prize, Earth Vision Global Environment
Festival, Tokyo, 2002
    Best Film, Mumbai International Film
Festival, 2002
    International Jury Prize, Mumbai
International Film Festival, 2002
    International Critic's Prize (FIPRESCI),
Sydney Film Festival, 2002

Reviews:
"The film itself is a tour de force, beautifully
shot and often darkly funny and much more
riveting than the dry subject matter might
suggest."
      Duncan Campbell - The Guardian, UK

" it should be seen by everyone, everywhere. In
schools, in colleges, in factories, on
television. "
      Anil Dharker, The Times of India

"Narrated in quiet yet passionate terms  (War and
Peace) is of immense interest and importance."
David Stratton - Variety

For further information contact
The Coalition for Peace Action - 609-924-5022


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