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Indie-India in association with 3rd I NY & Alwan for the Arts present

0710 Swaraj


A Fundraising Screening & Discussion

Alwan for the Arts
16 Beaver Street, 4th Flr.
Between Broad St. and Broadway, one block east of Whitehall Street and Bowling Green in lower Manhattan

Followed by Q&A with Dr. George Mathew, the Film's producer
$10 Sliding Scale Donation Requested (Up or Down - it's a benefit!)
Cash Bar After Screening

Area Maps: http://tinyurl.com/e8kd4

Trains: 4, 5 to Bowling Green; J/M/Z to Broad St.; R,W to Whitehall St.; 1 to Rector St. or South Ferry

Swaraj / The Little Republic is produced by Institute of Social Sciences in India and deals with the socio-political struggle of four women from lower caste in a small village in India. Funds from this event will support the Institute of Social Sciences and for the family of the Dhoola Ratnam, a lower caste woman panchayat (village council) member from Andhra Pradesh who along with her grandson was burned in her sleep in retaliation for exposing on-going corruption. For more info on the death of Dhulla Ratnam: http://news.oneindia.mobi/2007/08/03/405941.html

About the Film

Director: Anwar Jamal, India, 2002, 90 mins

The film is about a small village community in Rajasthan, India, where not only the low castes but even the women have little say in the affairs of the village. Four strong-willed women come forward through the democratically elected panchayats (village councils) to change the way their lives are run by the patriarchs of the community. It is a microcosm of democratic process, a parable for the world today.

This film is produced by Indian Institute of Social Sciences and directed by talented director, Anwar Jamal. It has been shot entirely on location in a remote village in the state of Rajasthan. It is inspired by the real life story of Leelavati, the elected Municipal Councillor of Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India.

The film has been screened at Palm Springs International Film Fest, Montreal World Film Festival, and won the One Future Prize at Munich Film Festival.

Indie-India is committed to promoting astehetically rich and meaningful cinema. Delivering the best selection of independent film from India, our diverse catalog includes award-winning art house films, best of regional films, shorts and documentaries. http://www.indie-india.net

About Alwan for the Arts. Alwan for the Arts serves the Middle East and North African population and educates the broader community by providing access to the range of Middle Eastern and North African arts; thereby enriching the cross-cultural and artistic encounter. Since 1998, Alwan for the Arts has played a leading role in promoting the diverse cultures of the Middle East and North Africa in New York City. It organized film festivals and screenings, book/poetry readings and signings, lectures and conferences, art exhibits, musical and theatrical performances, and language and literature classes. In 2003, Alwan established a center in lower Manhattan which provides a physical base for its diverse cultural activities. For more info: www.alwanforthearts.org

About 3rd I. 3rd I New York's monthly film and music salon designed by local filmmakers and experimental DJs showcases the works of independent filmmakers of South Asian descent and local djs, musicians and electronica artists. Providing alternative forums for South Asian filmmakers who often have few venues to showcase their work not only increases their visibility, but also provides a social forum for peers and audiences to participate in an ongoing discussion. More info...

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This event is made possible in part through public funds from the Fund for Creative Communities/New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program, administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.