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Tuesday, May 7, 2013
5:30 PM


Ida Noyes Hall, Max Palevsky Cinema


Free. No advanced registration required.

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Smart Museum of Art


The Smart Museum of Art, Doc Films, and the Committee on Southern Asian Studies at the University of Chicago present two documentary films that blend the personal and political to address critical issues in contemporary India: Sanjay Kak’s controversial Jashn-e-Azadi (May 7) and Anand Patwardhan’s epic Jai Bhim Comrade (May 14).

Jashn-e-Azadi (How We Celebrate Freedom) (Sanjay Kak, 2007, 138 minutes)

It’s August 15th, India’s Independence day, and the Indian flag ritually goes up at Lal Chowk in the heart of Srinagar, Kashmir. This is the point from which Sanjay Kak’s documentary begins to explore the many meanings of Freedom—of Azadi—in Kashmir. It begs the pertinent question of what often seems to get missed in the tangled web of this conflict…what about the people of the Valley?

The film will be introduced by program curator Ashish Rajadhyaksha, Senior Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Culture & Society, Bangalore and co-author of the Encyclopedia of Indian Cinema. A reception with the program curator will follow the screening.

Co-presented by Doc Films, the Committee on Southern Asian Studies, and the Smart Museum of Art in conjunction with the special exhibition The Sahmat Collective: Art and Activism in India since 1989 (on view at the Smart through June 9).