3rd I copresents with the Pacific Film Archive:

FEARLESS FEMALES: Three Films by Shyam Benegal

Fearless Females

Indian director Shyam Benegal joins us for three days of film and conversation. Benegal's iinfluence on the Indian new wave that began in the 1970's was profound,
with his spirited focus on the role and struggle of women and on the inequities of traditional culture that linger in the midst of emerging modernity.

Director in person at all screenings!

Wednesday, September 5, 2007
7:30     Ankur
Benegal's 1974 debut announced an Indian cinema of determined independence with its unvarnished, subtly enraged depiction of a spineless landlord's relationship with his trusting female servant.

Thursday, September 6, 2007
7:30     Bhumika
Benegal adapts the autobiography of a scandalous '40s actress in "a complex exploration of female emancipation, making striking use of the Hindi cinema . . . as setting, symbol, and catalyst."—Time Out

Friday, September 7, 2007
7:30    Zubeidaa
Karisma Kapoor stars in Benegal's first venture into Bollywood, a lavish musical wrapped around the story of a woman in early-'50s Bombay whose desperate wish to be an actress leads to tragedy.

Pacific Film Archive Theater, 2575 Bancroft Way,
Berkeley, CA 94720
Phone: 510-642-1412


3rd I copresents with the MadCat Women’s International Film Festival:

My Daughter the Terrorist

Director: Beate Arnestad
(2006 • 52 min • Color • Mini-DV • Norway/Sri Lanka • US Premiere)

My Daughter the Terrorist

When: September 21, 7:30pm.
Where: Artists' Television Access, 992 Valencia St. @ 21st, San Francisco
(415) 824-3890. www.atasite.org
Cost: $7-20. Cash Only.

The Tamils have agitated for independence from the Sri Lankan government since 1972. LTTE, or Tamil Tigers, is the political and military arm of the unrecognized nation, called Tamil Eelam. Black Tigers is the suicide brigade of the LTTE who have inspired freedom fighters such as the PLO. Two close friends, Dharsika and Puhalchudar, are members of the Black Tigers, and have been eating, sleeping, training, and fighting side by side for seven years. They now strap themselves to an American-made Claymore mine. My Daughter the Terrorist looks at what life is like inside a guerrilla organization, and the way the world appears in the eyes of the alleged terrorist. It's about unthinkable acts and trying to understand people who are firmly committed to doing the unthinkable.


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