Thursday, 9 February 2012

The Colonial Eye

You are invited to "The Colonial Eye: British Empire images of the Punjab, India 1912 – 1947". On Sunday 19th February 2012 at 2pm (Free, but booking is required)at Phoenix Cinema 52 High Road East Finchley London N2 9PJ 020 8444 6789 As part of the Phoenix ' From the Archives' series I have curated a series of short films produced during the British rule of India with a focus on the Punjab. The screening will bring together public information and travelogue films found in British public archives and rarely seen on the big screen. The public information films selected are examples of state propaganda used to form public opinion, a practise still prevalent today in regions such as Afghanistan, Pakistan and India, even in this era of digital media. The travelogues selected are personal observations of places and people. Screened together they form a visual essay of Punjab as written by its rulers and administrators. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with four specialists on South Asian film, popular culture and history: Dr Virinder Kalra of the University of Manchester, Dr Yasmin Khan of Royal Holloway, University of London, Dr Anandi Ramamurthy of the University of Central Lancashire and Dr Richard Osbourne of Middlesex University.

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