Screening of Ritwik Ghatak’s The Cloud-Capped Star – November 4
Rita Banerjee will introduce and lead the discussion for Ritwik Ghatak’s 1960 film, The Cloud-Capped Star (মেঘে ঢাকা তারা), on November 4, 2013 from 6-8:30 pm for the Institute for Indology and Tibetology at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. The screening will take place in Seminar Room 427 (Ludwigstr. 31, Munich). The screening is part of the course Bengali 1: Introduction to the Bengali Language & Art House Film at LMU. Anyone interested in Bengali Cinema or South Asian Art House Film, is welcomed to join the screening. The Cloud-Capped Star centers on the story and hardships of Nita, the female protagonist, who is the sole breadwinner of a refugee family from East Bengal living in the suburbs of 1950s Calcutta. Her family exploits her while caring little for her own personal dreams, hardships, and losses. Her anguished cry, “দাদা, আমি বাঁচতে চাই (Brother, I want to live)” is one of the most well-recognized lines from Bengali film.