Muslim Cultures of Bombay Cinema
February 26-March 22, 2009
At Al Dhafra Auditorium, Cultural Foundation, Abu Dhabi
The Film Festival is co-hosted by New York University Abu Dhabi and the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage and curated by Richard Allen, professor and chair of cinema studies at NYU, and Ira Bhaskar of Jawaharlal Nehru University.
This festival celebrates and explores the rich influence of Muslim cultures on the cinema of Bombay from the 1930s to the present and includes the work of key Muslim directors, Mehboob Khan, Sohrab Modi, and Kamal Amrohi. Muslim cultures are expressed in Bombay cinema through the influence of the Urdu language on a cinema that is often termed "Hindi" cinema, through Islamic poetic forms, story-telling traditions, and musical expression, and through distinctive forms of social life. Through Muslim cultural idioms widely inform Hindi-Urdu cinema they are most articulately manifest in the three broad genres that are represented in this festival: the Historical, the Courtesan Film, and the Muslim Social. The festival will feature 14 films drawn from these genres that have been selected on the grounds of their historical and aesthetic importance. Some of these film have never been subtitled into English before nor widely seen since their original release. Filmmakers and actors will attend the screenings for Q&A, and a workshop will take place on the topic involving experts on Islamic art, culture and society in South Asia.
Thursday February 26 at 7:00pm, Jodha Akbar (2008) Dir. Ashutosh Gowariker
Saturday February 28 at 3:00pm, Pukar (1939) Dir. Sohrab Modi
Saturday February 28 at 7:00pm, Mirza Ghalib (1954) Dir. Sohrab Modi
Sunday March 1 at 3:00pm, Chaudhvin ka Chand (1960) Dir. M Sadiq
Sunday March 1 at 7:00pm, Mughal-e-Azam (1960) Dir. K Asif
Muslim Social Films
Thursday March 12 at 3:00pm, Najma ( 1943) Dir. Mehboob Khan
Thursday March 12 at 7:00pm, Mere Mehboob (1963) Dir. H.S. Rawail
New Wave Films
Saturday March 14 at 3:00pm, Garm Hawa (1973) Dir. M.S. Sathyu
Saturday March 14 at 7:00pm, Mammo (1994) Dir. Shyam Benegal
Thursday March 19 at 7:00pm, Salim Langde Pe Mat Ro (1989) Dir. Saeed Mirza
Saturday March 21 at 3:00pm, Fiza (2000) Dir. Khalid Mohammed
Saturday March 21 at 7:00pm, Sardari Begum (1996) Dir. Shyam Benegal
Sunday March 22 at 3:00pm, Pakeezah (1971) Dir. Kamal Amrohi
Sunday March 22 at 7:00pm, Umrao Jaan (2006) Dir. J. P. Dutta
Richard Allen is Chair of Cinema Studies at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.
*Seating is limited; please RSVP by the day before the showing.