Saturday, November 22, 2008

Fourth Screening Announcement!!

DATE: TUESDAY November 25, 2008
TIME: 6:30pm

Screening movie
We will discuss vital issues in cultural assimilation, interpretation and identity. The issues that immigrants face when forced too adjust to a culture that is different than their own. We will also incorporate Mira Nair's experience as an Indian native in New York City.

The Namesake is a compelling account of the struggle of two Indian immigrants trying acclimate into westernized society. Ashima (Taba), a young Bengali women trained in classical singing marries Ashoke (Irfan Khan), a young Bengali man planning to earn his PhD in New York City. Together they try to adjust to the American way of life, and to assimilate the cultural differences. Later Ashima gives birth to a baby boy named Gogol Nikil and soon after a baby girl named Sonali "Sonia". Both children grow up as typical American teenagers, and as they become adults both Sonali (Sahira Nair) and especially Nikil (Kal Penn) find it increasingly difficult to bridge the cultural gap. Nikil gradually distances himself from his family through embracing the American nickname Nicky and adjusting to his girlfriend Maxine's way of life. However, when his father unexpectedly dies from a heart attack, Gogol Nikil "Nicky" is forced to confront his fears about his cultural identity and rejects Maxine's attempts to support him through his intense grief. This ultimately ends their relationship. Soon after Gogol meets an old childhood acquaintance, Moushumi, a second generation Bengali like himself, who has also embraced the western way of life. They get married, but that happiness is soon destroyed by Moushumi's affair. Gogol finally learns to make peace with his culture and his circumstances, and realizes that no one is perfect. Meanwhile, Ashima embraces a new life of freedom as an American widow. The Namesake was directed by Mira Nair and is based upon the novel The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri who appeared in the movie. Screenplay adaptations by Sooni Taraporevala.


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