Documentary on Amartya Sen to be screened at London Indian Film Festival this year
This year at the 8th London Indian Film Festival, the UK and Europe’s largest South Asian film festival, many new Indian and South Asian independent films will be screened. These films offer a view of the lifestyle and cinema of South Asia. All these films are subtitled in English.
The festival kicks off in London from 22 June to 29 June, 2017 and later will also do a Birmingham tour from 23 June - 2 July, 2017.
Like every year, this year too, the festival will see screenings of the likes from international film-festival favourites, multi-award winners and world premieres, film maker masterclasses, industry events and many engaging Q&A sessions with directors and actors.
One of the many highlights, this year, is the screening of the documentary — Amartya Sen: A Life Reexamined — by filmmaker Suman Ghosh on Indian Nobel laureate Amartya Sen, who is touted to be one of the world’s greatest living economists and philosophers. "Structured as a free flowing conversation between Sen and his student and Cornell economics professor Kaushik Basu, this rare film explores the laureate’s formative years in Tagore’s ashram, Shantiniketan to his college in Calcutta and his academic career in the US and UK, with cameos from former Indian prime minister and noted economist Manmohan Singh and a host of other scholars," as stated in the official website of the London School of Economics, whose wing, South Asian Centre has collaborated with the London Indian Film Festival organising committee.
Ghosh received his film training at the Department of Theatre, Film and Dance at Cornell University and this documentary was his first project which he made back in 2003.
In 2012, a piece by The Indian Express, said that Ghosh's film captured Sen in a very objective manner, dealing with his achievements and failures with absolute equanimity and exhibits a lot of self-assurance.
The film's screening (that takes place on 27 June) will be followed by a Q&A session with Prof Sen along with Dr Mukulika Banerjee.