Monday, June 26, 2017

USA Africa Dialogue Series - Criterion Collection: Adventures in Moviegoing with Jhumpa Lahiri

Criterion Collection: Adventures in Moviegoing with Jhumpa Lahiri

"The elusive nature of cultural identity and the complexities of life in the Indian diaspora are among the abiding themes of Pulitzer Prize–winning author Jhumpa Lahiri, whose acclaimed books such as Interpreter of Maladies and The Namesake are among the most intimate depictions of the immigrant experience in contemporary American fiction. The latest episode in the Criterion Channel series Adventures of Moviegoing features Lahiri speaking with Rome Film Festival artistic director Antonio Monda about how the subjects that she explores in her work connect with her lifelong fascination with cinema. She traces her passion for movies back to her childhood spent in a household where the relative merits of Bengali masters Satyajit Ray and Ritwik Ghatak were regularly debated and the sounds of Bollywood musicals were ever-present. In the excerpt below, she explains how images of India—both in the work of the country's most internationally renowned auteurs and in British films like Gandhi and A Passage to India—helped her to develop a sense of her heritage while growing up in the United States. Head over to the Criterion Channel to watch the full episode along with Lahiri's selection of films, which share the same fine-grained attention to the natural world that distinguishes her writing. Also, check out the six previous installmentsin the series, including spotlights on writers Jonathan Lethem and Mary Karr."

Funmi Tofowomo Okelola

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