Phantom India: Bombay

    Wednesday October 15, 2014 @ 1:00 PM

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    1969, India, Louis Malle, 52 min.

    Post-screening discussion with Ravi Kalia 

    In the concluding, seventh episode, Louis Malle, Jean-Claude Laureux and Etienne Becker reach one of India's most populous cities - that of Bombay - and chart the many colorful facets of this metropolis with their cameras.

    The episode opens with discussion of the city's geographic locale, moves in for a glimpse of Muslim craftsmen hard at work, visits the blind muezzin and witnesses the daily pilgrimage to the Haji Ali Mosque at low tide. A visit to Bombay's petrochemical plants and red-light district follows; Malle highlights the irony that alcohol is forbidden in this city, according to Muslim law, but prostitution widely encouraged. The film then segues into a glimpse of the Bombay stock exchange, with its striking resemblance to the floor of the NYSE in Manhattan

    About the Speaker

    Ravi Kalia is a Professor of History at The City College New York/CUNY, and Board Member of AAARI (CUNY). A graduate of the University of Delhi (BA Hons., MA) and University of California-Los Angeles (MBA, PhD), Prof. Kalia specializes in South Asian studies, with a focus on urban-architectural history in colonial and post-colonial India, as well as in conflicts, militancy and international wars in the region. He is the recipient of three Fulbright scholarships and numerous other research awards. He has contributed articles to journals and newspapers and authored several books, most recently Pakistan: From the Rhetoric of Democracy to the Rise of Militancy (2011).