Cobb Hall Room 425
Garam Hava (Hot Winds), 1975 (136 min.). Dir. M.S. Sathyu
M.S. Sathyu’s first film received critical acclaim for its masterly handling of the controversial theme of the partition of India during independence from British rule and the Muslim dilemma. The story centers around a middle-aged Muslim shoe manufacturer who staunchly resists pressure to leave his homeland of Agra, where he has lived for generations. Rather than following the wave of Muslim emigration to the newly-founded Pakistan, he and his family face growing prejudice, poverty, alienation and eventually violence in the new Indian republic. Although the film’s producers anticipated a hostile reception, it went on to win a national award for serving the cause of national integration. Urdu with English subtitles.
This event will be screened in Cobb Hall Room 425 (down the hall from the gallery).