Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Friday Live Action Film Screening, September 25, 2009

Hi all,

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This Friday (at the request of Prof. Bharat Seth),

Film: Amu
Director: Shonali Bose
Language: English/Hindi/Bengali/Punjabi
Runtime: 102 minutes

Date: September 25, 2009
Time: 9:30 pm
Venue: IDC Auditorium

*Note:* None of the content mentioned below is original- it has been shamelessly copied from the film's website/ other sources. I hope you enjoy my lack of hard labour!

 Amu is the story of Kaju, a twenty-one-year-old Indian American woman who returns to India to visit her family. The film takes a dark turn as Kaju stumbles against secrets and lies from her past. A horrifying genocide that took place twenty years ago turns out to hold the key to her mysterious origins.

How were Kaju’s family involved in the killings? What happened and why? Who were the culprits? Who benefited? Will Kaju have the courage to pursue the truth no matter the cost? Will it destroy her relationship with her mother? Will it affect her burgeoning romance? Will it change everything she knows about herself and about India?

Who is Shonali Bose?

Director answers why she made Amu

Excerpt from the "Making of Amu"

Film's Cast:



National Award, India. Best English Language Film.
National Award, India. Best Director, English Language Film.
Given by President Abdul Kalam in New Delhi, October 2005.

FIPRESCI Critics Award, January 2005.

Gollapudi Srinivasa Award – Best Debut Director (India). August 2005.

Star Screen Award – Best English Film (India). January 2006.

Teenage Choice Award, Torino, Italy [Cine donne Film Festival]. October 2005.

Jury Award, Torino, Italy [Cine donne Film Festival]. October 2005. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


The film faced problems with the censor board in India,[8] which cleared it only with 6  politically motivated cuts, and with an "A" certificate.[5] Since — according to Indian law — this made the movie ineligible to be telecast on Indian television, the producers later reapplied for a UA censor certificate. This was when a 10 minute cut was suggested by censors, including removal of all verbal references to the riots.
Subsequently, the producers decided to forgo the lower certification, and released the movie directly to DVD. [courtesy:]


[officially the post ends here, the following section is cathartic!] ----------------------------------------------------------------------------

And the crowd applauds at the inglorious attempt of the film curator to have successfully copied every word into the mail.

Film curator: Thank you, thank you... seek such cooperation in future! ----------------------------------------------------------------------------


Amu Trailer:

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