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Tuesday, May 14, 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).

Jai Bhim Comrade (Anand Patwardhan, 2011, 185 minutes)

For thousands of years, India’s Dalits were abhorred as “untouchables,” denied education, and treated as bonded labor. Fourteen years in the making, Anand Patwardhan’s epic film details this history, the poetry and music of the Dalits, and the fight against superstition and religious bigotry.

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).