Film Screenings

The Department regularly screens films of social and political relevance

Seminar Aug 7



Screened on 11 September 2018, 2.30 pm

Followed by a discussion with the film director

Nilesh Khandale

Blacky poster

The film tells about how Indian racism works and the connection of colour with Caste.



Ek Inquilab Aur Aaya: Lucknow 1920-1949

Screened on 21 March 2018, 2.30 pm

Followed by a discussion with the Director

Uma Chakravarti

A documentary set in Firanghi Mahal, Lucknow, an institution for rationalist Islamic scholarship founded in the late 17th century. Through two women, Sughra Fatema and her niece Khadija Ansari, it tells the unknown stories of women and their struggles to find their own ways of being in a time of dramatic changes. One wrote poetry to express herself and the other became a student activist who went to jail for being a revolutionary. The film is an ode to humanism and the indomitable spirit of women who refuse to give up the search for a meaningful life. 

Director’s bio

Uma Chakravarti is a feminist historian who taught history at Miranda House, Delhi University, where she also curated film festivals and individual screenings of documentary films from the late 70s onwards. She has also been associated with the movements for women’s rights and democratic rights since the 70s. As part of her life-long engagement with the everyday histories of women Uma Chakravarti has recently made three films: ‘A Quiet Little Entry’ on women’s history and the small archives of unknown people; a second film on the 1960s and 70s in India, and the way political and social events at that time shaped individual women’s lives titled ‘Fragments of a Past’. Her third film ‘Ek Inquilab Aur Aaya’, dwells on the multiple histories of Muslim women which we rarely see in documentary cinema.

ek inquilab


The Right to Live

Screened on 29 July 2015


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