Copresented with Reel Asian Film Festival and co-sponsored by Pleasure Dome & Inside Out!
Sanghum Film Series presents: Deepa Mehta’s FIRE
Written and directed by Deepa Mehta, FIRE was released in India two years after its initial premiere at TIFF in 1998. The first film in mainstream Bollywood to explicitly show a lesbian love relationship, it sparked massive protests and violent riots by far-right Hindu nationalists who claimed the film was, “immoral and pornographic” and feared that it would, “spoil Indian women.”
Defending her film, Deepa Mehta declared, “FIRE is a film about loneliness. It is a film about the hypocrisy of our society today. It is a film about how women don't have choices in a patriarchal set-up."
Come join us for the second feature in our six part series focusing on portrayals of women in Hindi Cinema!
Starring: Nandita Das (Sita), Shabana Azmi (Radha)