‘Screen India’ Film Series Starts This Week


Bard Graduate Center Gallery’s exhibition on the life of artist, designer, journalist, and colonial administrator John Lockwood Kipling (1837–1911) opens up questions about visual representations of the colonial encounter in India and its aftermath.

Lockwood Kipling, a significant figure in his own time, is better remembered today as Rudyard Kipling’s father and lent his considerable talents to poetry, journalism, book illustrations, editing, museum design, furniture-making, and the plastic arts more generally.

Screen India, a film series curated by Rochona Majumdar that accompanies the exhibition John Lockwood Kipling: Arts & Crafts in the Punjab and London, turns to cinema through the works of artists who came of age in the shadow of empire, war, and, decolonization to explore issues of identity, interracial intimacy, and friendship across the colonial divide. Set in the context of a post-imperial world caught up in its own predicament about cross-cultural relations, and coming seventy years after the end of British colonial rule in the India, Screen India presents a series of films by renowned directors from India, France, Italy, Britain, and the United States. Scholars from around the country will introduce each film followed by a screening.

Adults $8 / students and seniors $5. Five-event pass, $35. Gallery admission is free with a purchased ticket.

Click the titles below to register.

Friday, October 13, 6:30 pm
Ghare Baire (Home and the World), 1984. Directed by Satyajit Ray. Introduced by Rochona Majumdar. 120 minutes.

Friday, November 3, 6:30 pm
A Passage to India, 1984. Directed by David Lean. Introduced by Sangita Gopal. 164 minutes.

Friday, November 17, 6:30 pm
The River, 1951. Directed by Jean Renoir. Introduced by Priya Jaikumar. 99 minutes.

Friday, December 1, 6:30 pm
Bhowani Junction, 1956. Directed by George Cukor. Introduced by Debashree Mukherjee. 108 minutes.

Friday, January 5, 2018, 6:30 pm
India: Matri Bhumi, 1959. Directed by Roberto Rossellini. Introduced by Tom Gunning. 90 minutes.

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