The Shabistan Film Archive is a new non-profit initiative, based in Bangalore, dedicated to preserving South Asian cinema. Thousands of Indian films have been lost to history as reels are sold, discarded, or neglected. Shabistan’s mission is to rescue as many original prints as possible, and has built an archive that spans everything from B-movies to documentaries, and includes important works of Hindi and regional cinemas. This special event will feature a conversation with executive director David Farris, and Northwestern professor and Shabistan operations director David Boyk. They will present rare reels from Shabistan’s singular film collection.
Presented with support from the Consulate General of India, Chicago, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
FREE AND OPEN TO ALL
PART OF THE BLOCK CINEMA SERIES:
MORNING WILL COME: MODERNITY IN INDIAN CINEMA
India is home to the world’s most prolific and diverse film industries, and Bollywood movies, in particular, have found rapturous audiences from Russia to the Middle East. This series, presented as a complement to Modernisms: Iranian, Turkish, and Indian Highlights from NYU’s Abby Weed Grey Collection, features seminal classics of Indian cinema that have rarely been projected in the United States. In addition to landmark films by Guru Dutt, Ritwik Ghatak, and Mrinal Sen, which consider postcolonial conflicts between tradition and modernity, the series will also feature a program dedicated to the Shabistan Film Archive.