MoMA Presents

Payal Kapadia’s A Night of Knowing Nothing

Feb 11–17, 2022


A Night of Knowing Nothing. 2021. France/India. Directed by Payal Kapadia. Courtesy Cinema Guild
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A graduate of the National Film and Television Institute of India, Payal Kapadia is a brilliant new voice in Indian cinema. Her 2021 debut feature, A Night of Knowing Nothing, won Best Documentary at Cannes and was a success at the New York Film Festival. The film is at once an intimate letter to an estranged lover and a cri de coeur for Indian youth to rise up against the sectarian and caste-based violence that has grown increasingly dire during the Narendra Modi regime.

Kapadia observes, “In our country, love is a very political entity (I guess that is true everywhere). Many of my influences come from daily life and the struggles that are faced by those around me. There are many artists too that have inspired me, which include the Iranian poet Farough Farokhzaad, whose poem “Another Birth” has also lended its name to our production company. Others include painter Arpita Singh, the writers John Berger and Rainer Maria Rilke, and filmmakers Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Aki Kaurismäki.”

Organized by Joshua Siegel, Curator, Department of Film, The Museum of Modern Art.

  • This film series is part of MoMA Presents.

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    Additional support is provided by the Annual Film Fund. Leadership support for the Annual Film Fund is provided by Debra and Leon D. Black and by Steven Tisch, with major contributions from The Contemporary Arts Council of The Museum of Modern Art, Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder, MoMA’s Wallis Annenberg Fund for Innovation in Contemporary Art through the Annenberg Foundation, the Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP), The Junior Associates of The Museum of Modern Art, the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, Karen and Gary Winnick, and The Brown Foundation, Inc., of Houston.


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