Soli Sorabjee Lectures in South Asian Studies

Soli Sorabjee Lecture featuring Meenu Gaur

Spring 2017 Event (2 of 2)

"New Pakistani Cinema"

Featuring Meenu Gaur, Co-Writer and Director of Zinda Bhaag

Monday, April 24, 2017
11:00 a.m. - Q&A with Meenu Gaur and Ulka Anjaria
3:30 p.m. - Zinda Bhaag Film Screening

All events will be held in Mandel G03 in the Mandel Center for the Humanities.

Zinda Bhaag

Join us on Monday, April 24 for a two-part event on new Pakistani cinema.

At 11:00 a.m., we will host an hour-long Q&A session with Meenu Gaur, co-writer and director of Zinda Bhaag, and Ulka Anjaria, Associate Professor of English at Brandeis University.

At 3:30 p.m., we will offer a screening of Zinda Bhaag (Run for your Life, 2013). Set against the backdrop of the world of illegal immigration, Zinda Bhaag is a film about three young men trying to escape the reality of their everyday lives ... and succeeding in ways they had least expected. In Samnabad, a nondescript neighbourhood of Lahore, three friends are desperate to get on to the fast track to success. Khaldi, Taambi and Chitta, all in their early twenties, believe that the only way out ... is to the West. The journey that unfolds through the story of this film gives us a peep into what constitutes the everyday in the lives of many young men and women in Pakistan - a sense of entitlement that cannot be fulfilled, desperation to somehow prove themselves in the face of all legitimate doors being locked and an ennui from which they feel there is no getaway.

Meenu Gaur is the co-writer and director of the critically acclaimed film Zinda Bhaag (Run for your Life, 2013). The film was Pakistan's entry to the Oscars for the first time in fifty years and has to date won 14 national and international awards. Meenu completed her PhD in Film and Media Studies from the University of London in 2010 and is the co-editor of the book Indian Mass Media and the Politics of Change, published by Routledge 2011 and also distributed by OUP Pakistan.

About the Soli Sorabjee Lecture Series

This lecture series engages with themes of "justice" -- broadly defined to include the interrogation of human rights, historical narratives, literary and political representations, gender and social justice, citizenship and democracy, and cross-border connections between the nations of South Asia. Our goal is to expose students at Brandeis (and the larger public) to the scholarship being conducted in the multidisciplinary fields of South Asian Studies, both in the United States and in South Asia itself, as well as to the vast range of South Asian intellectual and artistic traditions. The series is sponsored by the South Asian Studies Program. It was named after the honorable Soli J. Sorabjee, former attorney general of India and a friend of Brandeis University.