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CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
International Programs
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-2026
e-mail: lois-gray@uiowa.edu

Release: Immediate

Indian filmmaker Anand Patwardhan to visit UI; film showings, lectures planned

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa South Asian Studies Program is kicking off a year-long series focusing on the cultural and political impact of films in South Asia with a four-day visit by Anand Patwardhan, an acclaimed filmmaker from India. Patwardhan will make three presentations during the week of Jan. 26 as part of the series, "Moving Pictures and Pictures of Movement: Cultural & Political Interventions from South Asia."

Patwardhan's film, "Bombay, Our City," will be shown Monday, Jan. 26 from 6:30-8 p.m. in Room W151, Pappajohn Business Administration Building. The film tells the story of the daily battle for survival by the millions of slum-dwellers who constitute half of the city's population. On Wednesday, Jan. 28, he will present "Father, Son and Holy War," a two-part film that explores the possibility that a key to the psychology of violence lies in male insecurity. This presentation, from 6:30-8 p.m. in Room W151, Pappajohn Business Administration Building, will be followed by a discussion. On Thursday, Jan. 29, Patwardhan will give a lecture, "The Making and Showing of Resistance Cinema," from 4:15-5:15 p.m. in Room 230, International Center.

All three presentations are free and open to the public. For further information or to arrange accommodations for people with disabilities, contact UI International Programs, (319) 335-0368.

The South Asian Studies Program is a degree program within UI International Programs, which consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean for international programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

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