Stories of the Subcontinent

Georgetown Library

Stories of the Subcontinent

January Film Series

Stories of the Subcontinent, the January Film Series, features three films about India. Join us for stories that juxtapose traditional India with Western influence. Please note that we will sho the film on Ghandi in  two installments. All screenings are free and they begin at 6 p.m. in the large lower-level meeting room.

A Passage to IndiaJan. 7 
PG, 157 minutes
Director David Lean's award-wining film is based on a novel of the same title by E. M. Forster. Adela Quested is a sheltered British woman who arrives in colonial India in 1924 with dreams of experiencing "the real India." Her fast friendship with the charming Dr. Aziz leads to a scandal that ends in ruin. Tension builds along with a growing Indian independence movement.

Jan. 14
R, 114 minutes
Mira Nair's story of an Indian wedding explains that tradition is anything but predicable. As family members gather from locations around the world, secrets come out and love triangles unravel at unexpected moments. To make matters worse, the wedding itself is threatened by heavy rains. However, the film reassures the viewer that twisted fates - like the chaos of a monsoon - are a part of life.

Jan. 21 -- Part 1
Jan. 28 -- Part 2
PG, 188 minutes
This biopic about the great political leader Mohandas K. Gandhi won eight Oscars. The film takes us from Gandhi's life as a lawyer to his renunciation of worldly possessions. Later, Gandhi's message of non-violent resistance to colonial rule has unexpected power and his country changes forever. Please note that we will show this film in two installments.