NEW YORK - The newly founded
Indo-American Arts Council announces a special screening of internationally
renowned director Deepa Mehta's fourth feature film, Earth, on
Wednesday, September 9, 1998 at 6 p.m. at the Manhattan Twin Theatre,
220 East 59th Street (between 2nd and 3'd Avenues).
Earth, based on Bapsi Sidhwa's critically acclaimed novel, Cracking
India, is the second film in Mehta's trilogy of the elements,
Fire, Earth, and Water. Set during the division of the South Asian
subcontinent into India and Pakistan in 1947, Earth is a story
about the destruction of innocence in the name of nationalism
and religion. Massacres co-exist with a luminous love story, betrayals
of friendship walk alongside individual heroics, riots and kidnappings
open innocent eyes to the
unscrupulous nature of desire.
Deepa Mehta began her cinematic career writing scripts for children's
films. Her first feature film, Sam & Me, won the very first Honorable
Mention by the Critics in the Camera D'Or category of the 1991
Cannes Film Festival. Her second feature, Camilla, starring Jessica
Tandy and Bridget Fonda, had an international release in 1995,
and her third feature film, Fire, has won 14 international awards
to date. Earth features the actor, Aamir Khan, one of the most
prominent stars of contemporary Indian cinema, in the leading
role of Ice Candy Man. Khan, who established
his career with the blockbuster love story, Qayamat Se Qayamat
Tak (1988), has had a hit film every year since then, and most
recently played the celebrated role of a small town taxi driver
in Raja Hindustani (1996).
The Indo-American Arts Council is a secular, not-for-profit service
and resource organization dedicated to promoting the awareness,
creation, production, exhibition, publication, and performance
of Indian and cross cultural art forms in North America.
Please RSVP to: Aroon Shivdasani,
212.463.8019 or 914.576.5231