New York Indian Film Festival 2014

May 5 - 10, 2014

Apur-Panchali-movie Thursday, May 8, 2014, 6:30 pm, Theatre 4
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Retrospective: Gurinder Chadha's Documentaries
Co-presented by Third World Newsreel

What Do You Call An Indian Woman Who's Funny?

Directed by Gurinder Chadha
UK, 1994, Documentary Short Film, 19 minutes, Language English

Post-screening discussion for all documentaries in the Retrospective with Gurinder Chadha

What do you call an Indian woman who's funny in 20th Century Britain? A British performer? A Black comedienne? An enigma? This humorous and comedic documentary, brings the laughs and dreams of four Indian women cabaret performers while posing the questions: What is comedy and who defines it? Is it culturally specific, or can anyone enjoy the joke? Who makes it into the mainstream and why? Does comedy always have to come from a white perspective in Britain to be taken seriously? What -- ultimately, do you call a funny Indian woman?

I’m British But…
Directed by Gurinder Chadha
UK, 1989, Documentary Short Film, 30 minutes, Language English

Synopsis – This unique look at Asians in Britain offers first-hand views of second generation Asians, adding archival footage and invigorating Bhangra and Bangla music--traditional Punjabi songs updated with hip-hop and house music influences. From Manchester rooftops to lfast and the Welsh hills, Asians discuss the importance of expanding "Britishness" to include all kinds of cultural identities. They present different view-points on the roles that race and cultural identity play in their own lives and in British society as a whole.
A Nice Arrangement
Directed by Gurinder Chadha
UK, 1990, Documentary Short Film, 11 minutes, Language English
Cast – Tania Rodrigues, Meera Syal, Jamila Massey

Synopsis – Documents an Indian-English family's attempt to give their Briticized daughter a traditional Indian arranged marriage, with as much photography as possible.

Acting Our Age
Directed by Gurinder Chadha
UK, 1992, Documentary Short Film, 30 minutes, Language English


Synopsis: Director Gurinder Chadha assists the residents in directing their own video. The result is an examination of politics, ageism, and cross-cultural communication in contemporary British society. Interview subjects range from people on the street to Members of Parliament. The film ends with the triumphant screening of the group's film.

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