College of Liberal Arts

Film Screening: Janini's Juliet

Thursday Nov 14, 2019 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM | CMA 5.176

Film Screening: Janini's Juliet (2019)
53 m. Tamil with English subtitles
Screening followed by a Q&A with director Pankaj Rishi Kumar

Deeply disturbed by a spate of honor killings in India, a theater group sets out to introspect the implications of caste, class and gender. When they adapt Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, what emerges in the process is a critical reflection of contemporary Indian society where love struggles to survive.

BIO: After graduating from the FTII Pune, India, in 1992, with a specialisation in Film Editing, Pankaj was assistant editor on Sekhar Kapur's ‘Bandit Queen’. After editing numerous documentaries and TV serials, he made his first film Kumar Talkies. Subsequently, Pankaj has become a one-man crew producing, directing, shooting and editing his own films under the banner of Kumar Talkies. His films have been screened at film festivals all over the world. He has won grants from Hubert Bals, IFA, Jan Vrijman, AND (Korea), Banff, Majlis, Sarai and Pankaj was awarded an Asia Society fellowship at Harvard Asia Centre (2003). He is an alumnus of Asian Film Academy (Pusan) and Berlin Talents (2016). Pankaj also curates and teaches. (

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