India Night Dinner and Film: WATER
Location: RAAGA, 544 Agua Fria
5:00 p.m. – Happy Hour/Cash Bar
5:30 p.m. – Indian buffet
5:45 p.m. – Paddy Rawal, RAAGA owner and master chef, discusses his new book, “Curry/Korma/Kabob”
6:30 p.m. – Film introduction by Martha Wallace
6:45 p.m. – Movie Begins (Film is 114 min.)
8:45 p.m. – Post-screening discussion led by former CIR board member, Rob Reider
$50 includes Indian Buffet and Film
THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. PLEASE CONTACT THE CIR OFFICE IF YOU ARE STILL INTERESTED IN ATTENDING: 505-982-4931.
Water is a 2005 Indo-Canadian film written and directed by Deepa Mehta, with screenplay by Anurag Kashyap. It is set in 1938 and explores the lives of widows at an ashram in Varanasi, India. The film is also the third and final installment of Mehta’s Elements trilogy. It was preceded by Fire (1996) and Earth (1998).
Water is a dark introspect into the plight of rural Indian widows who are forced into poverty at a temple in the holy city of Varanasi. It covers controversial subjects such as misogyny and ostracism. The year is 1938 when India was still under British occupation. Child marriage was common practice then. Widows had a diminished position in society, and were expected to spend their lives in poverty and worship of God. Widow remarriages were legalised by the colonial laws, but in practice, they were largely considered taboo.
Mahatma Gandhi’s groundbreaking philosophies are sweeping across India, but 8-year-old Chuyia, newly widowed, must go to live with other outcast widows at the ashram. Her presence transforms the ashram as she befriends two of her compatriots: the attractive, witty and devout Hindu, Shakuntala, who is caught between her hatred of being a widow and her fear of not being a sincere, dedicated widow and Kalyani who wants to escape the social restrictions imposed on widows, and escape with a man who is from the highest caste and a follower of Mahatma Gandhi.
Water premiered at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival, where it was honored at the Opening Night Gala, and was released across Canada in November of that year.
During the evening, Paddy Rawal, owner and master chef at RAAGA, will be discussing and signing his new cookbook, “Curry/Korma/Kabob.” Copies of the book will be available for purchase at a special price to attendees of $30.
Martha Wallace, former India resident and tour guide, will be introducing the film.