History Department
History Department

Film: "Mississippi Masala," introduced by Titas Chakraborty (Faces of Migration: Classic and Contemporary Feature Film Series)

Tue, April 24, 2018 | CLA 1.302B

7:00 PM

Mississippi Masala
(1992, United States, dir.: Mira Nair)

“'Mississippi Masala,' starring Denzel Washington and Sarita Choudhury, tells the story of an Indo-Ugandan family expelled in 1972 who settle against another racially charged backdrop: Biloxi, Mississippi. Set in Mississippi and Uganda." -Black Film Center/Archive, Indiana University

Introduced by Titas Chakraborty, Fellow, Institute for Historical Studies, Department of History, University of Texas at Austin, with a discussion afterward. Watch the trailer.

See also: How Mississippi Masala Can Teach Us To Be Better To Each Other: The classic Mira Nair film celebrates its 25th anniversary this month, and its storyline has deep resonance today, in The Fader;  "One People in Two Worlds," by Samuel G. Freedman, The New York Times, and read an interview with director Mia Nair in Bomb Magazine.

Migration is a deeply human experience across all parts of the world, even as specific conditions of need, gender, geography, culture, and coercion frame particular journeys. The feature films in this series capture the emotions and stories of migrants in a multitude of settings. Each film will be introduced by a faculty member and followed by discussion of the film and the questions it raises about migration as a common experience that can both divide and unite us.

View the “Faces of Migration: Classic and Contemporary Films” program, spring 2018.

Films will be screened alternate Tuesdays in CLA, Glickman Conference Center. 7 pm. Parking: Brazos Garage, 210 E. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.. Free and open to the UT Austin community and the public.

Presented by Not Even PastThe Department of History, and Institute of Historical Studies, with generous co-sponsorship of Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American StudiesCenter for Mexican American StudiesCenter for European StudiesCenter for East Asian StudiesCenter for Asian American StudiesDepartment of American StudiesDepartment of Radio-Television-Film, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Humanities Media Project, and Austin Film Society.

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