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Unrecognized South Asia: An introduction to the Tripuri people

Posted by Eric Brightwell, August 25, 2014 11:47am | Post a Comment
India is home to over 1.21 billion people, roughly 18% of entire human population. Indians speak Austroasiatic, Dravidian, Indo-European, and Tibeto-Burman languages (as well as two language isolates) and there are over 2,000 ethnic groups in the vast country. India's considerable diversity, however, tends to be simplified or overlooked in the west, where Hindi language Bollywood cinema becomes metonymic for the entire Indian film industry and North Indian cooking (rather than being subdivided into Awadhi, Bihari, Bhojpuri, Kumauni, Kashmiri, Punjabi, Rajasthani, or Uttarpradeshi) becomes shorthand for the cuisine of an entire subcontinent.


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Tripuri kids

THE TRIPURI

One of the less-widely recognized or discussed ethnic groups in India are the Tripuri (also known as the Tipra or Tipperah). They are believed to have migrated from somewhere in Western China to the Brahmaputra Valley at least 2,000 years ago -- which may sound like a long time ago but is relatively recent in a subcontinent believed to have been first settled by humans at least 70,000 years ago and another hominid species, Homo heidelbergensis, perhaps as many as 800,000 years before them. 

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Upcoming Satyajit Ray screenings in Los Angeles, London, and Vienna

Posted by Eric Brightwell, August 26, 2013 11:56am | Post a Comment
Satyajit Ray

Satyajit Ray
fans have cause to celebrate with several upcoming film events coming up involving a large body of his film work. Satyajit Ray was a Bengali film director from India who is widely considered to be one of the world's greatest filmmakers. During his life (1921-1992) he directed 36 films, including features, documentaries, and shorts. Nineteen of his films have been restored by the Academy Film Archive and are being shown in screenings taking place in Los Angeles, London, and Vienna through a partnership between the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the British Film Institute (BFI), the American Cinematheque, and the Austrian Film Museum (Österreichisches Filmmuseum).

Ray co-founded the Calcutta Film Society in 1947. He began filming Pather Panchali, his debut, in 1952. After its completion and theater debut in 1955, he was immediately widely acclaimed. His second film, Aparajito, won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. Akira Kurosawa later said of his films, "Not to have seen the cinema of Ray means existing in the world without seeing the sun or the moon." 

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11th Annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, April 9-14

Posted by Amoebite, March 18, 2013 06:31pm | Post a Comment

The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles returns to its home at ArcLight Hollywood from April 9th - April 14th. For the 11th year in a row, the fest features the best in critically acclaimed independent cinema, Bollywood kitsch, shorts from exciting new filmmaker voices, and so much more. On Saturday, April 13th, Amoeba Music will be on-site with a booth, so come by and say hi!

Festival highlights include the opening night gala screening and Los Angeles premiere of Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs of Wasseypur and the closing night gala screening and Los Angeles premiere of Deepa Mehta’s Midnight's Children.

Other films presented at the festival include Mira Nair’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist, a political thriller based on the New York Times bestseller with a star-studded cast; Miss Lovely by Ashim Ahluwalia, a dark look at the seedy underbelly of Bollywood C-movies and soft-porn during the 1980s; Peddlers, Vasan Bala’s directorial debut, which is a crime thriller following the desperation of young drug runners who are merely looking to survive; Shahid, based on the true story of Shahid Azmi - a human rights activist murdered in India in 2010, directed by Hansal Mehta and produced by Guneet Monga and Anurag Kashyap; and Sundance and Berlin favorite Salma, directed by Kim Longinotto, a documentary about one South Indian woman's courageous journey in the face of mass oppression.

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Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles 2011

Posted by Eric Brightwell, April 12, 2011 09:42am | Post a Comment
Indian Film Festival Los Angeles 2011

The ninth annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) gets underway today. Tonight, as part of the Opening Night Gala, they're screening the the Los Angeles premiere of I am Kalam. In all, 22 programs of shorts, documentaries and feature length Indian films will be screened at the Arclight over the next five days. The Closing Night Gala includes a world premiere screening of Disney's Zokkomon.



For tickets and more information, click here to visit the official site.