Screening of Family Across the Atlantic, Directed by Gita Viswanath

24 January 2013

Dr. Gita Viswanath

On 24 January 2013, Gita Viswanath screened the documentary Family across the Atlantic directed by her at the Centre. The screening was followed by a discussion. This documentary was the fruit of Gita’s four month journey across 16 states and 33 cities in the USA. It documents the lives of her extended family who started migrating to the US from 1973 onwards. The film was an attempt to capture their ordinary everyday lives and how they negotiate the contradictions inherent in the cultures of their homeland and their adopted country.

 Gita Viswanath holds a Ph.D. degree in English Literature and Film Studies from the Dept. of English, The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda. She received a fellowship from Social Science Research Council, New York for her work on Partition Cinema. She has published papers in journals and edited volumes. Currently she is working on a book on Film and Literature for an Introductory Series being published by Cambridge University Press. She has made three short films and one documentary.

A section of the audience