South Indian Film Festival — April 5-28

The series is called:  “Phoolan Devi and the Roots of Indian Rage”

Films, Dates, Locations:

Thursday, April 5—8pm at the Goldsmith Cinema, “The Bandit Queen”
1995. India. Dir: Shekhar Kapur. Biopic about Phoolan Devi, bandit leader in North India, 1980s. 119 min.

Saturday, April 7—2pm at the Powell Family Cinema, “Sholay”
1975. India. Dir: Ramesh Sippy. With Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra. 204 min.

Saturday, April 21—2pm at the Powell Family Cinema, “Pather Panchali”
1955. India. Dir: Satyajit Ray. Music by Ravi Shankar. 115 min.

Saturday, April 28—2pm at the Powell Family Cinema, “Eyes of Stone”
1989. India. Dir: Nilita Vachani. Documentary about demonic possession and goddess temples. 90 min. 

Phoolan Devi (a.k.a. the “Bandit Queen”) rose to fame as an outlaw in the rugged landscape of Bundelkhand in central/north India in the 1970s.  She surrendered to the authorities in 1983, was released from prison in 1994, elected to parliament in 1996, reelected in 1999, and was assassinated in 2001.  The film series is part of a wider “Phoolan Devi Opera Project,” a collaborative undertaking by the pianist-composer Gayathri Khemadasa (Fulbright professional scholar in residence at Wesleyan this year) and writer-producer-choreographer Jeff Hush (Wesleyan class of 1984).

Each film will be followed by a panel-led discussion.  Prof. William Pinch will be on the first panel, after “The Bandit Queen” screening.

Admission is free!