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Conversations about race in the U.S. tend to focus on black or brown versus white. But racial tension works across a variety of color lines, as the love story between an African American carpet cleaner (Denzel Washington) and a Ugandan refugee of South Asian descent (Sarita Choudhury) in the 1980s U.S. South reveals. Join us for a screening of MISSISSIPPI MASALA, with a post-show discussion led by Rini Bhattacharya Mehta to follow. (1991, Mira Nair, USA, English, 118 min, R)
Rini Bhattacharya Mehta is Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and of Religion at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a faculty fellow of IPRH and NCSA. Mehta works on the evolution and synthesis of modernity; nationalism, religious revival, cinema and the post-global nation state. She has published two co-edited anthologies: Bollywood and Globalization: Indian Popular Cinema, Nation, and Diaspora (Anthem Press, 2010) and Indian Partition in Literature and Films: History, Politics, Aesthetics (Routledge, 2014). She is currently working on a monograph on Indian Cinema, and on a digital humanities project on comparative cinema.
Co-sponsored by Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, University Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the NEA Big Read. NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.