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Presented By: Center for South Asian Studies

CSAS Film Series | Reason (Vivek)

Film Director, Anand Patwardhan

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CSAS Film Series | Reason (Vivek)
Reason is the tour of a macrocosm—India, the world’s largest democracy. Its eight chapters explore whether faith still has an upper hand over reason. Patwardhan thinks that with the collapse of egalitarian values, democracy is under siege. He argues privatization and a rush to corner depleting natural resources have catapulted extremists into power. Shown in two parts with an intermission.

Statement by Patwardhan: “Today, as even technologically-advanced nations debate the merits of creationism, the developing world is falling prey to blind faith and religious warfare. That we, the temporarily comfortable, rarely notice is because an embedded media controls both information and entertainment. We see what they want us to see and quickly tire of seeing anything that matters. Reason is both a warning and a promise.”

“IDFA’s jury voted unanimously for Patwardhan’s film, praising its “epic storytelling of the rise of the far right in one of the most populated countries of this planet.” - Variety, November 2018

Anand Patwardhan, India’s leading documentary filmmaker, is known for his socio-political, award-winning films. He has spent decades capturing Mumbai’s slum dwellers, the reality of the caste system, the rise of Hindu nationalism, and tensions between India and Pakistan. He is a member of the Oscar academy, and his films have earned more than 20 international awards.

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