Day School: Films about Indian Partition in 1947
Saturday 18 March, 10.30 am to 4.30 pm,
Mechanics Institute Library, Bradford
Gurinder Chadha’s new film The Viceroy’s House is set to be released in early March. The last British Viceroy of India, Louis Mountbatten, was faced with a near impossible task to deliver Indian Independence quickly and painlessly. His decision to partition India created two states based on majority religious affiliation in August 1947. This became the national tragedy of Partition and a traumatic experience for many families, including Chadha’s own family in Punjab. This Day School attempts to create a context for viewing the new film.
The School will explore a range of Indian films dealing with Partition, and its aftermath, in Bengal, Kashmir and Punjab. Our ultimate focus will be a complete screening of Earth (Canada-India 1998) directed by Deepa Mehta and starring Aamir Khan and Nandita Das. Part of her ‘Elements Trilogy’ (Fire, Earth and Water), Ms Mehta’s film presents us with a Parsi family in Lahore in 1947 and a group of friends who are Hindu, Sikh and Muslim. More akin to international art cinema than Indian popular cinema, Earth nonetheless offers the pleasure of music by A.R. Rahman.
Tutor: Roy Stafford
Tea and coffee will be provided. Tickets: Full Price £14, Concessions £9.
There are places nearby to buy lunch but you are welcome to bring your own.