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Filmi Worlds: A Festival of Indian Cinema

Home to the largest collection of contemporary Indian cinema outside of India, the George Eastman Museum is the perfect place to host a weekend of film screenings, panels, and presentations. Led by faculty from the University of Rochester and Hamilton College, and attracting contributors from across the Northeast, the festival is anchored on four 35mm screenings from the Eastman Museum’s collection. Spanning more than five decades in Indian cinema, these films highlight the diversity in languages, customs, and culture that constitute the country. Festival presented in partnership with the University of Rochester, the Eastman School of Music, and Hamilton College. Supported by the Central New York Humanities Corridor from an award by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and by the George Eastman Museum.

Filmi Worlds: A Festival of Indian Cinema Schedule

Thursday, November 21, 2019

  • 7:30-10:30 pm  English Vinglish (2 hrs 14 min). (Welcome from Pavitra Sundar (Hamilton College))

Saturday, November 23, 2019

  • 1-1:45 pm Film Panel: Amanda Weidman (Bryn Mawr College), Erica Jones (Eastman Museum), Nimanthi Rajasingham (Colgate University).
  • 1:45-4 pm Kannathil Muthammital (2 hrs 17 min)
  • 4-5 pm Reception, free and open to public
  • 7:30- 8 pm Film Panel: Gohar Siddiqui (Clark University), Praseeda Gopinath (Binghamton University), Tula Goenka (Syracuse University)
  • 8-11 pm Ghajini (3 hrs 3 min)

Sunday, November 24, 2019

  • 12-12:30 pm Film Panel: Anaar Desai-Stephens (Eastman School of Music), Monika Mehta (Binghamton University), Harleen Singh (Brandeis University)
  • 12:30-3:45 pm Mughal-E-Azam (3 hrs 17 min)
  • 4-5 pm Panel: "Growing up with Indian Cinema." Organized in conjunction with the Indian Community Center of Rochester; panelists TBA. 
     

Events in this Series

Thursday, November 21, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

English Vinglish

Dryden Theatre

Festival of Indian Cinema. Marking a comeback of sorts for lead actress Sridevi, who had been out of film production for nearly a decade, this film is also the feature directing debut for Gauri Shinde.

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Saturday, November 23, 2019, 1:45 p.m.

Kannathil Muthamittal

Dryden Theatre

Festival of Indian Cinema | Panel Discussion. One of India’s most vibrant directors, Mani Ratnam has directed or written some of the most memorable films in recent decades, including the controversial Bombay (1995).

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Saturday, November 23, 2019, 8 p.m.

Ghajini

Dryden Theatre

Festival of Indian Cinema | Panel Discussion. This film’s journey to the screen is nearly as complex as its plot. A Hindi reworking of the director’s own 2005 Tamil film of the same name, the film has too many shadows of Christopher Nolan’s Memento (2000) to be a coincidence.

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Sunday, November 24, 2019, 12:30 p.m.

Mughal-E-Azam

Dryden Theatre

Festival of Indian Cinema | Panel Discussion. Comparable to Gone With the Wind, this historical epic was the highest grossing film in India’s history—and still is when adjusted for inflation.

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