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Indian filmmaker on campus to screen documentary

matToday, Tuesday, September 30, filmmaker Pankaj Rishi Kumar will be on campus to screen his 2003 documentary The Vote, an examination of the democratic process and its challenges in India, one of the world’s largest democracies. Kumar’s visit is being sponsored by the Film Studies Program, the South Asia Concentration and the Smith College Lecture Committee.Questions and answers with the director follow the screening.

A reception preceding the screening begins at 4:30 p.m. in Seelye 207, followed by the film, which begins at 5:15 in Seelye 201. The event is free and open to the public.

The following day, Kumar will be the guest of honor at a Global Salon in Smith’s Lewis Global Studies Center. During this salon, Kumar will lead an informal discussion revolving around his experience filmmaking in India on various topics: elections and power struggles, religious injustice, land seizure, the cinema in rural communities, and more. His filmography includes: In God’s Land, Seeds of Dissent, and Kumar Talkies.

The Global Salon begins at 12:15 p.m. on Wednesday, October 1. A pizza lunch will be provided.

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