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Filmi Worlds: Film Panel & Screening

The film panel features Amanda Weidman of Bryn Mawr College, Erica Jones of the Eastman Museum, and Nimanthi Rajasingham of colgate University. A screening of Kannathil Muthammital (2002, Tamil) will follow at 1:45 to 4 p.m

  • 4 to 5 p.m. Reception - free and open to the public. 

Filmi Worlds: A Festival of Indian Cinema combines movie screenings, scholarly talks, and public conversations about South Asian films over the course of one film-filled weekend. Featuring films containing star actors, directors, and music directors, panels of film experts, and an audience of Indian cinephiles, “Bollywood” novices and longtime fans alike will find something of interest!

Held in collaboration with the Eastman Museum of Film and Moving Image in Rochester, NY, the festival will feature four films from the Museum’s South Asian film collection, currently the largest collection of contemporary South Asian films in the world. Each screening will begin with a panel featuring three scholars of Indian film offering brief talks on relevant framing topics ranging from geopolitics to production practices to film music. A public reception will offer an opportunity for audience members to speak with the panelists about the films they have seen over Indian snacks. The festival will close with a panel featuring members of the Indian diaspora reflecting on what it means to grow up with Indian cinema. 

All screenings will be held in the Eastman Museum’s Dryden Theatre. Tickets are $10 per film ($7 for students with ID). A limited number of free tickets are available with registration for students, faculty, and staff from the University of Rochester, Cornell University, Syracuse University, and members of the NY6 Liberal Arts Consortium. 

The festival is presented in partnership with the University of Rochester, the Eastman School of Music, and Hamilton College. Supported by the Central New York Humanities Corridor from an award by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and by the George Eastman Museum.

Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Dryden Theatre at the Eastman Museum 900 East Ave, Rochester, NY 14607

Event Type

Arts and Entertainment, Theater/Film


General Public, Faculty, Students, Staff


humanities, diversity



Tickets are $10 per film ($7 for students with ID).

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