Festival of India / New Asia Cinema
Tuesday, October 12, 2004Bartlett Room 65 7:00 pm
Free to the public
(Directed by Aparna Sen, India 2002) By popular request, the first film of the series is by one of India's leading female directors, Aparna Sen. It tells the tale of a cross-country bus trip taken by a Tamil Brahmin woman and her young child, accompanied by a Bengali Muslim man. The housewife and the itinerant nature photographer forge a unique and touching relationship across the borders of religion and caste when they encounter the threat of violence. As she fills the bus with a cross-section of characters from a wide variety of regional and cultural backgrounds, Sen chose to write the screenplay's dialogue in English. The film's music by tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain includes lyrics by Sufi poet Rumi; and cinematographer Gautam Ghose lenses this harrowing and memorable journey.