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Opening Night Screening and Reception for Anand Patwardhan: Ways of Struggle
December 13, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pmFree
A new exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s Glassell School of Art, Anand Patwardhan: Ways of Struggle, surveys four decades of filmmaking by one of today’s most socially committed documentary filmmakers. Since the 1970s, Patwardhan has been making portraits of Indian movements for social justice. Starting in the 1990s, Patwardhan began also chronicling the rise of right-wing Hindu nationalism, whose driving passions have now acquired global relevance, from Bolsonaro’s Brazil to Trump’s America. Taken together, Patwardhan’s films make up a passionate plea for peace and social justice. The exhibition opens with a screening of Patwardhan’s film on the Hindu nationalist destruction of the Babri Mosque in Ayodhya, India, In the Name of God (1992). The screening will take place at the Glassell School’s Favrot Auditorium; the film will be introduced by Patwardhan, and will be followed afterward by a reception with the filmmaker.