>Date: Wed, 1 Oct 1997 07:59:38 -0500
>From: "Dr. Chella Courington" <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: Race, Class, Gender, & Sexual Orientation in Contemporary Film
>Dear List Members,
>I am teaching a junior/senior film course in the spring on Issues of Race,
>Class, Gender, and Sexual Orientation in Contemporary International Film. I
>plan to show 6-8 films. So far, I have decided to show: _Once Were
>Warriors_, _Duaghters of the Dust_, and _The Wedding Banquet_. Any ideas
>for other films? I would very much appreciate your suggestions and advice.
>Thanks, Chella Courington.
>" I feel the revolutionalizing of our continent hinges on the woman
> Ama Ata Aidoo, in Adeola James, _In Their Own Voices_
>Associate Professor of Literature
>Huntingdon College; Montgomery, AL 36106
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Perhaps Deepa Mehta's new film, FIRE would be appropriate.
Fire sets the screen AFLAME!
It's not everyday that an Indian-born and educated
filmmaker takes on the
highly charged agenda of rocking the boat of gender role
assumptions that so
definitively structure what it means to be a woman in
that is exactly what writer/director Deepa Mehta has done
with her new film,
Fire which unravels the story of two women, sisters-in-law
loveless relationships in modern New Delhi. One is the
well-weathered wife of a celibate eclectic, the other, the
new bride of the
eclectic's brother who is still embroiled in his own
self-centered affair with
his sex kitten of a mistress; the women turn to each other
and find erotic pleasure and desire in their connection.
The art direction is
rich; the acting (led by Indian cinema diva, Shabana Azmi
and the captivating
Nandita Das) is enrapturing; and the sardonic humor
borders on delightfully
shocking to keep the viewer completely tantalized by the
While there are certain tropes that wear thin by the end
of the film, Mehta
never goes overboard and it is easy to forgive a few
scenes, especially when they are so well balanced with
This is truly a must-see for feminists, queers and lovers
of love alike.
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