April 1, 2016 at 9:00 pm

Free Screening, Discussion with Director of ‘Muzaffarnagar Baaqi Hai,’ April 13

A discussion with Director Nakul Singh Sawhney follows a free screening of Muzaffarnagar Baaqi Hai (Muzaffarnagar, Eventually) on Wednesday, April 13, from 3 to 5.45 p.m. at the Athena Cinema, Court Street (upstairs).

The 2014 film is 135 minutes in Hindi with English subtitles. Sponsors are the departments of English, History, Classics & World Religions; International Studies; the Multicultural Center; and the War and Peace theme.

Muzaffarnagar Baaqi Hai

Muzaffarnagar Baaqi Hai

In September 2013, Muzaffarnagar and Shamli districts of Western Uttar Pradesh witnessed their worst ever anti-Muslim pogrom since Indian Independence. More than 100 people were killed and close to 80,000 people were displaced. This film looks at the social, political and economic repercussions of the massacre and how they found resonance in the 2014 Indian general election campaign.

Sawhney’s first film, With a Little Help From My Friends, earned an award for the second best film at the “60 Seconds to Fame Film festival” in Chennai in 2005. While he studied at the Film and Television Institute of India in Pune during 2005-06, his films Agaurav and Undecided were cited for second best film and best director, respectively, at the Hyderabad International Film Festival. His feature films include the documentary Once Upon a Time in Chheharta (2007) on the history of the working class movement of Chheharta, Amritsar; and the highly acclaimed film Izzatnagari Ki Asabhya Betiyaan (2012) on “honor” crimes in Haryana.

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