Sunday, November 8, 2009

Bandit Queen!

The next film in our International film series will take place this Thursday 11/12 in the UVU Library Auditorium @ 7:00 pm

Bandit Queen (India- 1995)

(Contains strong violence and sexual violence)

The legendary story of Phoolan Devi, based on her dictated prison diaries. Devi, India''s most famous and feared outlaw, was responsible for the massacre of 30 upper-caste Thakur men in Behmai, a village in Uttar Pradesh. The massacre, with its overtones of class warfare, made Devi a national heroine, worshipped as the Goddess of Flowers for the 80% of India''s lower-caste Hindus. After evading capture for five years, she surrendered to the police--on her own terms--before a cheering crowd of 10,000 supporters

Directed by Shekhar Kapur (ELIZABETH), this is a controversial movie based on the life of Phoolan Devi, India's notorious woman dacoit (bandit), who channeled her rage at her rape and mistreatment into violent action. Imprisoned in 1983 and freed in 1994, she eventually became a prominent politician and was assassinated by relatives of one of her victims. The controversy surrounding the film stems from the real Devi's fury over the way the formative events of her youth are depicted, and also from Kapur's refusal to meet with his subject, all the while proclaiming the "truth" of his narrative. Subjected to considerable scrutiny and potentially flawed, BANDIT QUEEN is nonetheless an excellent film. Music lovers will be fascinated by the score, composed by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, the renowned singer

We hope to see you all there!

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