Screening: Cinematheque: FIRE

Screening: Cinematheque: FIRE
Saturday, October 13, 8 pm & Thursday, October 18, 2007, 8 pm

Athena Cinema
20 South Court St., Athens, Ohio
FREE for Ohio University students; FREE for local high school students; $4 General Admission

Directed by Deepa Mehta, 1996, 101 min., 6 awards. In Hindi, Urdu, Gujarati, and Punjabi with English subtitles, PG-13.

FIRE is a probing and sensitive look at the continuing clash between traditional and modern Indian values. Deepa Mehta’s tender, passionate and controversial love story of two Indian women torn between their devotion to duty and their desire for love and companionship. Radha has been a consummate wife for fifteen years but her husband is seeking spiritual enlightenment through celibacy. Her sister-in-law Sita is similarly frustrated by her new husband, who spends his nights with his mistress. Deprived of their husbands’ affections, the two women draw closer together in ways neither ever imagined.

Screening classic “art” films from around the world – with guest speakers, discussions, and lively debate: this is the heart of the Arts for Ohio Cinematheque. Films will be programmed along broad themes, and be representative of global cultures. The very best of classic cinema, underground film, and cult retrospectives will be highlighted throughout the year. As an extension of the annual Athens International Film and Video Festival, the Arts for Ohio Cinematheque aims to be a kind of year-round film festival.

Members of the Ohio University community will introduce each film, and lead a post-screening discussion. Our Cinematheque screenings are designed to offer a unique opportunity for professors and instructors to augment their in-class presentations with outside-the-classroom activities. Our mission: to deepen, broaden, and enliven film culture for both the Ohio University and Athens communities.


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