Pather Panchali, introduced by Kuhu Tanvir

April 8, 2018 - 6:00pm

Regent Square Theater, 1035 S Braddock Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15218

Please join us for a special screening of Satyajit Ray’s film Pather Panchali, introduced by Kuhu Tanvir, PhD student in Film and Media Studies.

Satyajit Ray’s 1955 debut of Pather Panchali introduced an eloquent and important new cinematic voice that made itself heard all over the world. A depiction of rural Bengali life in a style inspired by Italian neorealism, this naturalistic but poetic evocation of a number of years in the life of a family introduces us to both little Apu and, just as essentially, the women who will help shape him: his independent older sister, Durga; his harried mother, Sarbajaya, who, with her husband away, must hold the family together; and his kindly and mischievous elderly “auntie,” Indir—vivid, multifaceted characters all. With resplendent photography informed by its young protagonist’s perpetual sense of discovery, Pather Panchali, which won an award for Best Human Document at Cannes, is an immersive cinematic experience and a film of elemental power.  Satyajit Ray, India, 1955, 2h 5min

This screening is part of the series "Sunday Classics: From Turkey to Japan," co-presented by Pittsburgh Filmmakers/Pittsburgh Center for the ArtsSilk Screen Film Festival, and the University of Pittsburgh Film and Media Studies Program.