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Mar 15: Final Solution | Mar 25: The Campaign for the Women of 1971

3RD I NY PRESENTS
In Collaboration with
SALAAM Theatre's 3rd Mondays (S3M)
A U.S. Premiere

FINAL SOLUTION

Final Solution is a study of the politics of hate. Set in Gujarat during the period February/March 2002 – July 2003, the film examines the consequences of Hindu-Muslim polarization in the state.

Monday, March 15, 2004
Showtimes: 6:30 pm (Part 1 & 2) and 9:00 pm (Part 3 & 4)

Pioneer Theater
155 East 3rd Street
(at Avenue A)
F to 2nd Ave; 6 to Bleecker

Advance ticket sales are now closed. Please show up at the Pioneer Theater early in order to buy tickets at the box office.

For more info: thirdi_ny@yahoo.com

For upcoming SALAAM shows: http://www.salaamtheatre.org

About the Film

FINAL SOLUTION
Dir: Rakesh Sharma, 2004, India, 218 min

Part 1: Pride and Genocide deals with the genocidal violence against Muslims and its immediate aftermath. It probes the patterns of pre-planned violence by right-wing Hindu cadres which many claim was state-supported, if not state-sponsored.

Part 2: The Terror Trail reconstructs through eyewitness accounts the attack on Gulbarg (Ahmedabad) and acts of barbaric violence against Muslim women at Eral and Delol/Kalol (Panchmahals) even as Chief Minister Modi traverses the state on his Gaurav Yatra.

Part 3: The Hate Mandate documents the poll campaign during the Assembly elections in Gujarat in late 2002. It records in detail the exploitation of the Godhra incident (in which 58 Hindus were burnt alive) by the right-wing propaganda machinery for electoral gains.

Part 4: Hope and Despair studies the situation after the storm and its impact on Hindus and Muslims' ghettoisation, the call for economic boycott of Muslims and continuing acts of violence more than a year after the carnage.

Awards: Wolfgang Staudte award and Special Jury Award (Netpac), Berlin International film festival (Feb 2004).

Festivals: Berlinale (International premiere), Hong Kong, Fribourg, Istambul 1001fest, Singapore, Flanders (Belgium), World Social Forum (Mumbai; Indian premiere), Vikalp (Mumbai filmfest organised by Campaign against Censorship) and several other filmfests.

About the Director

Rakesh Sharma began his film/TV career in 1986 as an assistant director on Shyam Benegal's Discovery of India. His broadcast industry experience includes the set up/ launch of 3 broadcast channels in India: Channel [V], Star Plus and Vijay TV and several production consultancy assignments. He has now gone back to independent documentary film-making. His last film Aftershocks: The Rough Guide to Democracy won the Best documentary film award at Fribourg, Big Mini-DV and at Big Muddy and won 7 other awards (including the Robert Flaherty prize) at various festivals in USA and Europe during 2002-03. It has been screened at over 90 international film festivals.

A Note from the Director on Obtaining the Film

Please let me know whether you will be interested in acquiring a copy of the film for your institution/ library. I'm a self-financed film-maker, using my personal savings to make films.

Final Solution has been shot and edited on DVcam; it is subtitled in English. Copies of the film are available on VHS pal / Video CD for $ 300 per part. All 4 parts can be bought for a consolidated price of US $ 990 (+ $ 10 for postage/packaging). Please allow 4 weeks for delivery after receipt of payment. Copies are available at a substantial discount for individuals/activists.

I'd be very grateful if you could forward information about the film to your colleagues and friends, especially those teaching at Universities or working with institutions/NGOs, asking them to support the film by buying copies. Please note that copies are available at a discount for individuals/activists/students.

Regards

Rakesh Sharma
Email: actindia@vsnl.com



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3RD I NY PRESENTS
In Collaboration with DRISHTIPAT

The Campaign for the Women of 1971

A unique fundraising event featuring two new compelling documentaries on the 1971 War for Liberation. Award-winning director Yasmine Kabir and special guest Susan Brownmiller ("Against Our Will"), will be at the event.

FEATURING:
SHEI RATHER KOTHA (TALE OF THE DARKEST NIGHT) by Kawsar Chowdhury.
A CERTAIN LIBERATION by Yasmine Kabir

Thursday March 25, 7PM, 2004
Tickets: $15, Students $10
(reception to follow, refreshment will be served)

NYU School of Law
40 Washington Square South
Vanderbilt Hall RM 210

For more info: info@newyork.drishtipat.org

This fundraiser is part of a campaign to raise $10,000 for seven Bangladeshi women affected by the war. To learn more about the campaign, visit: http://www.drishtipat.org/1971/

About the Film

SHEI RATHER KOTHA (TALE OF THE DARKEST NIGHT)
Dir: Rakesh Sharma, 2004, India, 218 min

Runner Up, South Asian Film Festival. Directed by Kawsar Chowdhury. On March 25, 1971 Dhaka University was the scene of killings by the Pakistani army. Surviving members and witnesses speak, and bring alive the havoc of that night.

A CERTAIN LIBERATION
Directed by Yasmine Kabir

Winner, Best International Documentary, Bombay Film Festival. Gurudasi Mondol gave herself up to madness in 1971 as she watched her entire family being slaughtered. The film narrates her story from the horrors of 1971 to the present.



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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.