PHOOLAN DEVI AND THE ROOTS OF INDIAN RAGE
This series explores issues surrounding Phoolan Devi (a.k.a. the “Bandit Queen”) who rose to fame as an outlaw in the rugged landscape of Bundelkhand in central/north India in the 1970s. She surrendered to the authorities in 1983 and was released from prison in 1994. She was elected to parliament in 1996, reelected in 1999, and assassinated in 2001.
Two more films are upcoming in this series:
(India, 1955), directed by Satyajit Ray. Music by Ravi Shankar. Acclaimed drama about a young girl, Durga, and her family’s village life.
SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 2012, 2 P.M.
EYES OF STONE
(India, 1989), directed by Nilita Vachani. Documentary about demonic possession and goddess temples.
Ms. Vachani will introduce her film.
SATURDAY, APRIL 28, 2012, 2 P.M.
ALL SCREENINGS AT THE CENTER FOR FILM STUDIES, WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY.
A panel discussion will follow each film.
For more information about the Phoolan Devi Opera Project, go to: phoolandeviopera.com.
Sponsored by the Baldwin University Lectures, the Middletown Commission on the Arts, the Film Studies Department, the History Department, jeffhushyoga.com.
This film series is part of the Phoolan Devi Opera Project. Phoolan Devi, a new raw untouchable opera, will have its first staging on May 12, 2012 at 8pm in South Church in Middletown, CT. The composer is Gayathri Khemadasa, from Sri Lanka, currently a Fulbright scholar at Wesleyan University. Jeff Hush, a former Shakespeare scholar from UC Berkeley and the University of Chicago, is writing the libretto and producing the opera (with Darren Large). They have created a Phoolan Devi Opera Project team in a house in Middletown, bringing together artists from the UK, Canada, Mexico, the US and Sri Lanka.