CineCulture will present “A Billion Colour Story” (2016) at 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 4, in the Peters Education Center Auditorium at the Student Recreation Center (5010 N. Woodrow Ave.). The post-screening discussion will be led via skype by Padmakumar Narasimhamurthy, writer and director of the film, along with Department of Art and Design Professor Joan K. Sharma.
Shot in black and white, the film takes place in India, a land filled with high hopes and ideals during a time of religious divide. Smart, curious and tech-savvy 11-year-old Hari Aziz makes sense of intolerance and prejudice as his parents struggle to support their family in modern day India.
Hari’s self-declared “Indophile” and “religion agnostic” parents returned to India with hopes of creating their own film after meeting at film school in Australia. His father Imran coming from a Muslim background and mother Parvati of Hindu background, attempt to fund their film project while raising their son in an environment of struggle for religious tolerance. When funding for the film falls short, the family must move to a cheaper neighborhood where they find that their religious backgrounds come under scrutiny.
Seen through the eyes of a child growing up in the 21st-century, the film depicts Hari’s embodiment of a globalized outlook as his family navigates the India of today.
“A Billion Colour Story” is 105 minutes long.
All CineCulture films screened on campus are free and open to the public. Parking is free after 4 p.m. on Fridays. INFO: Dr. Mary Husain at firstname.lastname@example.org.