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A Night with the Shabistan Film Archive

A Night with the Shabistan Film Archive
A Night with the Shabistan Film Archive
7 PM

Event Details

Date & Time:

Fri January 24, 2020
7 PM


The Block Museum of Art
40 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208


Free and Open to the public


The Shabistan Film Archive is a new non-profit initiative, based in Bangalore, dedicated to preserving South Asian cinema. Thousands of Indian films have been lost to history as reels are sold, discarded, or neglected. Shabistan’s mission is to rescue as many original prints as possible, and has built an archive that spans everything from B-movies to documentaries, and includes important works of Hindi and regional cinemas. This special event will feature a conversation with executive director David Farris, and Northwestern professor and Shabistan operations director David Boyk. They will present rare reels from Shabistan’s singular film collection.

Presented with support from the Consulate General of India, Chicago, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Part of the Block Cinema Series:
Morning Will Come: Modernity in Indian Cinema

India is home to the world’s most prolific and diverse film industries, and Bollywood movies, in particular, have found rapturous audiences from Russia to the Middle East. This series, presented as a complement to Modernisms: Iranian, Turkish, and Indian Highlights from NYU’s Abby Weed Grey Collection, features seminal classics of Indian cinema that have rarely been projected in the United States. In addition to landmark films by Guru Dutt, Ritwik Ghatak, and Mrinal Sen, which consider postcolonial conflicts between tradition and modernity, the series will also feature a program dedicated to the Shabistan Film Archive.

Contact The Block Museum of Art for more information: (847) 491-4000 or email us at block-museum@northwestern.edu