[Marxism] Chittagong

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sat May 19 14:39:05 MDT 2012

On Wednesday May 23rd, New Yorkers have the unprecedented opportunity to 
see what amounts to India’s “Battle of Algiers”. Bedabrata Pain’s 
“Chittagong” has been selected as the opening night feature of the 2012 
New York Indian Film Festival shown simultaneously in 3 theaters (for 
location, click here). Like Gillo Pontecorvo’s masterpiece, this is 
political film at its most magnificent.

One could easily imagine that Pain might have made the film without ever 
having seen “The Battle of Algiers”. The parallels are not so much a 
function of imitation but a faithful rendering of Indian history—the 
story of a heroic but ultimately doomed armed struggle in colonial India 
that lasted 4 days in 1930 and that evokes the fitful ups and downs of 
resistance to French colonialism in Algeria. Along with his wife and 
screenwriting partner Shenali Bose, the director of “Amu”, they are 
operating in the spirit of Howard Zinn. “Amu”, a 2007 masterpiece about 
Sikh oppression, and “Chittagong” are two chapters in what might be 
titled the film version of “A People’s History of India”. And, as is the 
case with Zinn, their work is clearly intended to win people to the side 
of social justice by telling the truth.

full: http://louisproyect.wordpress.com/2012/05/19/chittagong-2/

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