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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Sunday night film forum: Water

Jersey City Arts school  presents “Water” (2005)   sun jan 30, 7.30 pm

Set in India in 1938, director Deepa Mehta’s “Water” follows 8-year-old Chuyia, a former child wife who must spend the rest of her life in a temple for Hindu widows. Exposed to the hardships of the women in the commune, Chuyia waits in the hope her mother will take her home. But it's through the trials of another widow, a beautiful prostitute named Kalyani who's courted by a follower of Gandhism from ...a higher caste, that Chuyia learns the true restrictions of widowhood.

The third film in a trilogy of stories of forbidden love, “Water” was completed after Mehta relocated to Canada from her native India, to escape death threats over her previous films. As a filmmaker who regularly questions political, religious, and social norms in her homeland, Deepa Mehta’s body of films have incited riots, protests, and the burning of cinemas by her detractors. Come see what makes this director’s work so stirring and controversial.

Film starts at 7:30, discussion to follow.
FREE admission; $5 donation suggested.
Beverages will be available, but please leave food at the door.

Country: Canada
Language: Hindi
Runtime: 117 min