• Firaaq

    2008. India. Nandita Das. 101 min.

  • Wagah

    2009. India/Germany/Pakistan. Supriyo Sen. 9 min.

Introduced by Das

Monday, June 8, 2009, 4:30 p.m.


  • Firaaq

    2008. India. Directed by Nandita Das. Screenplay by Das, Shuchi Kothari. With Naseerruddin Shah, Paresh Rawal, Deepti Naval. Making her deeply affecting, remarkably self-assured debut as a feature film director, the celebrated actress and activist Nandita Das (star of Deepa Mehta’s Earth and Fire) puts a human face on the sectarian riots that caused thousands of deaths, most of them Muslim, in Gujurat in 2002. With a veteran ensemble cast led by Shah, Rawal, and Naval, she intricately weaves together the very different stories of ordinary people—Hindus and Muslims alike—who nonetheless share a shattering sense of loss and terror in the immediate aftermath of the carnage. Firaaq, whose title comes from an Urdu word meaning "separation" or "quest," is a powerful cry against violence, intolerance, and injustice by a filmmaker more interested in provoking questions than reinforcing stereotypes. A highlight of the 2008 Telluride Film Festival (where it was presented by Salman Rushdie) and the Toronto Film Festival. In Hindi, Urdu, Gujarati; English subtitles. 101 min.

  • Wagah

    2009. India/Germany/Pakistan. Directed by Supriyo Sen. Winner of a top prize at the 2009 Berlin Film Festival and made in commemoration of the fall of the Berlin Wall, this short documentary depicts an astonishing ritual that takes place nightly at the frontier outpost of Wagah—the only road link along the 2,500-kilometer border between India and Pakistan. Thousands of citizens, young and old, gather at sundown for the ceremonial lowering of the Indian and Pakistani flags, each side trading taunts of Pakistan Zindabad ("Long live Pakistan!") and Jai Hind ("Long live India!") with all the fervency of bitter soccer rivals. Wim Wenders, who headed the Berlin jury, celebrated Wagah as “a convincing manifesto against any wall that divides people.” New York premiere. In Farsi, Hindi, Urdu; English subtitles. 9 min.

In the Film exhibition The New India

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