Cultural Resistance During Dark Times: A Discussion with Anand Patwardhan
The Global Emergent Media Lab and Cinema in the Midst of Struggle are the proud sponsors of an upcoming discussion and Q&A with award-winning documentarian Anand Patwardhan on the state of cultural resistance in India, "Cultural Resistance During Dark Times." Patwardhan, one of India's most prominent documentarians, received his MA from McGill, and as a student documented the struggles of migrant farm workers in Canada before going on to produce a number of important films - many of which have been censored - in India. The event will be moderated by Dipti Gupta, a filmmaker and professor from Dawson College, Montreal. As recommended viewing, we encourage you to watch Patwardhan's 1992 documentary Ram Ke Naam (In the Name of God).
January 24, 8 PM EST
About Ram Ke Naam: The film explores the campaign waged by the Hindu right-wing organisation Vishva Hindu Parishad to build a Ram temple at the site of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya, as well as the communal violence that it triggered. A couple of months after Ram ke Naam was released, VHP activists demolished the Babri Masjid in 1992, provoking further violence.