Join us for a screening of Deepa Mehta’s Earth (1998; 110 min.), the third and final film in her acclaimed Elemental trilogy.
In this film, a young girl with polio, Lenny, narrates the story through the voice of her adult self. She is from a wealthy Parsi family who hopes to remain neutral to the rising tensions between Hindus, Sikhs, and Muslims in her neighborhood. She is adored and protected by her parents and is cared for by Shanta, her Ayah (maid). Shanta is part of a larger group of Hindu, Muslim, and Sikh friends who spend their days together in the park. With partition, however, this once- unified group of friends becomes divided and tragedy ensues.
Filmmaker Deepa Mehta will offer introductory remarks and will participate in a conversation with Jinah Kim, the Gardner Cowles Associate Professor of History of Art and Architecture, after the film.