One hundred years ago, D. G. Phalke
shot the feature film Raja Harishchandra
on an imported Williamson camera. In villages and cities throughout colonized India, the film drew crowds curious to see their
myths and stories on-screen, instead of the usual American or European fare. Now a multinational industry with film stars commanding millions, Indian cinema has danced and sung its way through state and market restrictions, organizational crisis, new technologies, financial shifts and Hollywood’s domination of most markets. In a two-day festival, the USC School of Cinematic Arts will celebrate Indian cinema, spanning 100 years, multiple languages and diverse creative and political imaginations. Screenings of classic and contemporary Indian films, from the popular to the avant-garde, will be interspersed with panels on India’s film history by a leading Indian filmmaker in dialogue with scholars from around the world.
Organized by the USC School of Cinematic Arts.
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