Fellow Film Club Members & Movie Buffs:
Our lovely East Indian theme for September is “Curried Favors”.
September has given us a little rain to make the lawns & gardens happy, but for the next week, it seems, summer temps in the 80’s will continue. Get out to see THE HUNDRED FOOT JOURNEY, of course, before it concludes its run at the Grand Cinema.
Join the Tacoma Film Club this Friday, September 12, 2014 for a wonderful screening of the Oscar-nominated film, WATER (2005), written & directed by Deepa Mehta. This controversial film had its production shut down in India by Hindu extremists who wanted to kill the message.
Mehta has been living in Canada for 30 years, & she had the will to see this project through; even though she had to finish the filming in Sri Lanka. Deepa Mehta has directed 16 films since 1976, including CAMILLA (1994), FIRE (1996), EARTH (1998), HEAVEN ON EARTH (2008).
Mehta said: “I think it’s slightly naive for me to think a film can make a difference–but what it can do is to start a dialogue & spark a discussion.”
The musical score was written by Mychael Danna, who also wrote the music for MONSOON WEDDING.
The cinematography was done by Giles Nuttgens, who has lensed 33 films since 1992, including ELECTRIC MOON (1992), FIRE (1996), EARTH (1998), BATTLE-FIELD EARTH (2000), BEE SEASON (2005), HEAVEN ON EARTH (2008), & WHAT MAISIE KNEW (2012).
Written & Directed by Deepa Mehta @117 minutes.
The film stars Lisa Ray, John Abraham, Seema Biswas, & Sarala Kariyawasam.
Synopsis: This film examines the lives of a group of widows in 1938 India, where Hindu tradition forces widows of all ages (some as young as seven) to live in poverty in a temple. We watch a young man, newly graduated from law school, fall in love with one of the widows–& fighting again the forces of social & religious bigotry & restrictions, they plan to marry regardless.
The film was nominated for an Oscar as Best Foreign Film.
Trivia: This is the third film in Mehtra’s Elemental Trilogy. Shooting of the film was stopped in Varanasi due to threats & demonstrations by Hindu extremists. It took four years to get the production up & shooting again, finishing in Sri Lanka. Sarala, our heroine, was cast in Sri Lanka. For the role of Chuyla, Mehta auditioned over 50 young girls. George Lucas took out a full page ad in VARIETY to support Deepa Mehta in her considerable struggle to make this film.
Rotten Tomatoes rated the movie very highly, at 91% Critic’s Approval & 90% Audience Approval.
Moira MacDonald of the SEATTLE TIMES wrote: “Mehta’s film is courageous & reticent–a shout masquerading as a whisper.”
Roger Moore of the ORLANDO SENTINEL wrote: “Deepa Mehta prevailed & this scandalous, beautiful, & very moving tale of repression, hope, & tragedy is both her triumph & Hindu India’s shame.”
So mark your calendars for this Friday, September 12, 2014, and join the Tacoma Film Club for their screening of W A T E R (2005). It will be showing at the Center for Spiritual Living, the church building we rent for our events, located at 206 North J Street, on the corner of Division & J Streets.
Arrive around 6:30 p.m. & join many of us downstairs for food & fellowship. It is permitted to bring snacks & beverages, including wine, to share with others. Be sure to clean up after yourselves, & remember that there is no food or drink allowed upstairs in the sanctuary during the movie. WATER will screen at 7:15 p.m., so it will be over before 9:30 p.m. There is a donation box in the sanctuary, & all funds collected assist the Club in paying rent for the space & other expenses. See you at the movies!