past events

in its NYC premiere screening
and to benefit The Brecht Forum

Rumble in Mumbai

A documentary on the 2004 World Social Forum in Mumbai, India
and a talk by Aruna Roy of MKSS (Rajasthan, India)

October 29, 7-11pm
The Brecht Forum
122 West 27th Street, 10th Floor
btw 6th & 7th Aves
Directions below
$10 sliding scale up & down (no one turned away)

For more info: thirdi_ny@yahoo.com

The Brecht Forum, is a place for people who are working for fundamental social change and a new culture that puts human needs first. It offers a year-round program of classes, public lectures and seminars, art exhibitions, performances, popular education workshops, and language classes. The Brecht's classes and activities are developed in Collaboration with the many political movements and the diverse communities of this most cosmopolitan of cities, and their programs bring together leading intellectuals and activists from New York, across the U.S., and internationally.


7:00 pm Screening of "Rumble in Mumbai" (Jawad Metni, 60 mins, 2004) Documentary on the 2004 World Social Forum in Mumbai, India. 100,000 people gathered to discuss alternatives to the dominant model of neo-liberal globalization, and to form alliances with activists from around the world. Check out www.pinholepictures.com for more info.
8:00 pm Q&A Session with the director Jawad Metni, and co-producers Naeem Mohaiemen & Prerana Reddy
8:30 pm Talk by Aruna Roy, founder of Mazdoor Kisaan Shakti Sangathan (Organization for the Empowerment of Workers and Peasants), in Rajasthan, India. She will be speaking about her experience of WSF and her work for the movement for Right to Information and governmental transparency. The MKSS built a grassroots movement that has triggered broad debate and a nationwide demand for the public's right to scrutinize official records — a crucial check against arbitrary governance.
9:30 pm Indian Snacks & Wine Cash Bar

Co-presented with The Brecht Forum and & Youth Solidarity Summer, a volunteer collective of artists, activists, educators and students providing alternate education for South Asian youth since 1997.

Getting to the Brecht Forum

The Brecht Forum is located at 122 West 27th Street, 10 Floor in New York City. It is between 6th and 7th Avenues in Manhattan. The closest subway lines are the 1 or 9 trains at 7th Avenue and 28th Street, the N or R trains at Broadway and 28th Street, the PATH trains at 23rd Street or all 6th Avenue trains (D, B, F) at 23rd or 34th Streets.

About the Film

Rumble in Mumbai
Directed By: Jawad Metni
USA, 2004, 58 minutes

Rumble in Mumbai documents the World Social Forum held in Mumbai, India in January, 2004. The forum is a process that began as an alternative to the World Economic Forum, and to provide a venue for the many disaffected voices that began to seriously debate globalization in the 1990's. Over 100,000 people attended this year's forum, all looking to build solidarity--and a better world.

With interviewees like Shirin Ebadi, Jose Bove, Nawal Saadawi, and Walden Bello, and featuring eloquent speeches by Arundhati Roy (pictured, right), Mustafa Barghouti, Jeremy Corbyn, and Irene Khan, Rumble in Mumbai is packed with high-caliber critiques of neo-liberalism gone awry, and indictments of globalization's ill effects.

And as with the forum itself, marginalized voices are here given a platform to air their grievances: Dalit rights, handloom weaver unionization, South Asian LGBT issues, communalism and sectarianism, the plight of Palestinians living in the shadow of a new Apartheid wall--these issues and many more are explored.

For those unable to attend this year's World Social Forum, here is your chance. For those looking to understand the growing global malaise which this forum seeks to address, Rumble in Mumbai is a good starting point.

About the Director

Jawad Metni is a director and cinematographer with 10 years experience in documentary films. His credits as cinematographer include The Plutonium Circus (1995), which he also co-produced, Hell House (2001), The Federation of Black Cowboys (2003), and Obstacle (2004), a documentary on Israel's controversial security wall in Palestine.

He directed Raging Boil, which premiered at the New York Underground Film Festival in 1995. In 2001, he directed Downwind, a documentary on depleted uranium weapons and Gulf War Syndrome. He recently completed Trading with the Enemy, a documentary on Cuban cigar contraband and sex tourism in Cuba. This film played numerous festivals, including the South By Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas.

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.