The University of Iowa

Documentary Activism in India: A Conversation with Anand Patwardhan March 12

March 5th, 2013

Anand Patwardhan, a leading activist documentary filmmaker in India, will be visiting the University of Iowa Tuesday, March 12, to discuss his approach to cinema as political activism. His presentation will be held from 5-7 p.m. in 2390 University Capitol Centre and the event is free and open to the public.

For nearly thirty years, Patwardhan’s courageous work on slum-dwellers and women’s rights, on people displaced by massive dam projects, on the political manipulation of Hindu-Muslim conflict, and (most recently) on the fight for social equality by India’s Dalits (i.e., “untouchables”) has provoked controversy, broadcasting bans, Supreme Court cases, and a great deal of public awareness.

Along with screening clips from a number of his films, Patwardhan will answer questions from the general audience and from faculty who regularly use his films in teaching. Chai and Indian snacks will be served.

This event is sponsored by the South Asian Studies Program, Grinnell College, UI Center for Human Rights, Institute for Cinema and Culture, and International Programs.

For more information, contact Philip Lutgendorf at or 319-541-5145.