THE RELUCTANT FUNDAMENTALIST

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April 15, 2013, 8:00 P.M.

The Albert and Dana Broccoli Theatre, SCA 112, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

 

Outside the Box [Office] and IFC Films invite you and a guest to a special preview screening of

The Reluctant Fundamentalist

 
Directed by Mira Nair
Screenplay by William Wheeler

Produced by Lydia Dean Pilcher
 
Followed by a Q&A with Mira Nair, moderated by SCA Professor Dr. Priya Jaikumar, Ph.D.
 
8:00 P.M. on Monday, April 15th, 2013
 
The Albert and Dana Broccoli Theatre, SCA 112
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007
 
FREE ADMISSION. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

FILM FESTIVALS
2012 VENICE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL – OPENING FILM
2012 BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL
2012 TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
2012 MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL – AUDIENCE AWARD
2012 DOHA TRIEBECA FILM FESTIVAL

Opens in Los Angeles on Friday, April 26th. Available On Demand starting Tuesday, April 30th.

About The Reluctant Fundamentalist

From Award-winning director Mira Nair, and based on the acclaimed novel by Moshin Hamid, comes the explosive new film, The Reluctant Fundamentalist. In 2010, as student demonstrations rage in Lahore, a young Pakistani professor Changez Khan (Riz Ahmed) is interviewed by American journalist Bobby Lincoln (Liev Schreiber). Princeton-educated Changez tells Lincoln of his past as a brilliant business analyst on Wall Street. He talks of the glittering future that lay before him, his mentor, Jim Cross (Kiefer Sutherland), and the beautiful and sophisticated Erica (Kate Hudson), with whom he was set to share that future.

In the aftermath of 9/11, the alienation and suspicion he is suddenly met with leads him back to his homeland, and the family to whom he is very close. Charisma and intelligence catapult him to become a leader both in the eyes of the Pakistani students that adore him, and the American government that suspects him.

The collegial pretense of the meeting in a Lahore tea house, between Lincoln and Changez, slowly gives way to why the unlikely pair is meeting on a summer day—a foreign professor has been kidnapped by extremists, and the clock is ticking toward the deadline for his execution. Changez's family is being harassed and is in real danger. Bobby listens carefully, but with an agenda of his own. Leading us through the culturally rich and beguiling worlds of New York, Lahore and Istanbul, The Reluctant Fundamentalist is an exploration of bias and the phenomenon of globalization that is both brilliant and unsettling.

Provided courtesy of IFC Films. Rated R. Running time: 128 minutes.

Visit the Official Website: http://www.ifcfilms.com/films/the-reluctant-fundamentalist

 

About the Guests

MIRA NAIR (Director)

Mira Nair was born in India and educated at Delhi University and at Harvard. Her debut feature film, Salaam Bombay! (1988) was an international critical acclaim, nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1988. It won the Camera D'Or at the Cannes Film Festival and a BAFTA Award. Her next film, Mississippi Masala (1991), was presented at the Venice Film Festival. Subsequent films include The Perez Family (1995), about an exiled Cuban family in Miami, and Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love, a story set in India during the 16th century, about two girls who were raised together though they came from different social classes. Nair directed in 1998 My Own Country based on Dr. Abraham Verghese's best-selling memoir about a young immigrant doctor dealing with the AIDS epidemic. In the summer of 2000, Nair shot Monsoon Wedding, winner of the Golden Lion at the 2001 Venice Film Festival. Monsoon Wedding also won a Golden Globe nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. Nair's next feature was an HBO original film, Hysterical Blindness (2002). The film received great critical acclaim and the highest ratings for HBO, garnering a Golden Globe for Uma Thurman and two Emmy Awards for Gena Rowlands and Ben Gazzara. In May 2003, Nair helmed the Focus Features production of the Thackeray classic, Vanity Fair, in which Reese Witherspoon plays the lead, Becky Sharp. The film was premiered at the 61st Venice Film Festival. In 2005 Nair directed The Namesake, based upon the novel of the same name by Jhumpa Lahiri. Following the tragic events of September 11, 2001, Nair joined a group of 11 renowned filmmakers, each commissioned to direct a film that was 11 minutes, 9 seconds and one frame long. In 2007 she produced with her company, the New York based Mirabai Films, AIDS JaaGo, a collection of four short films about the AIDS epidemic in India. In 2008 she directed How Can It Be?, an episode from the movie 8, a series of eight short films centered on the eight Millennium Development Goals. In 2009 Nair directed a short film, starring Natalie Portman and Irrfan Khan, that was included in an anthology film, New York, I Love You. In 2009 she also directed Amelia, a biographical film of the life of Amelia Earhart, starring two-times Academy Award winner Hilary Swank. Ever sensitive to social issues, Mira Nair shares her energies among filmmaking and the two non-profit organizations she founded. In 1988 with the proceeds from the film Salaam Bombay! she established the Non-profit organization Salaam Baalak Trust, which has had a direct impact on the government policy concerning street children in India. Twenty years after, Salaam Baalak Trust is running twenty-five care shelters that offer a safe and welcoming environment to 5000 street children every year. In 2005, Nair founded Maisha, a centre in the East Africa providing film labs and workshops for aspiring screenwriters, directors, actors, technicians, and documentary makers coming from Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, and Rwanda.

PRIYA JAIKUMAR, Ph.D. (Moderator)

Priya Jaikumar is Associate Professor in the Department of Critical Studies. A historian and theorist of colonial and postcolonial cinemas, her writing has focused on questions of state power, comparative modernities and aesthetics, and transnational cultural formations.  Her book Cinema at the End of Empire: A Politics of Transition in Britain and India from Duke University Press (2006) details the intertwined industrial, regulatory and aesthetic histories of British and Indian cinema during the late colonial period. Her scholarly work has appeared in Cinema Journal, The Moving Image, Post Script, Screen, World Literature Today, and in recent anthologies like Hollywood Abroad and Transnational Feminism in Film and Media.  Her current projects include a co-edited anthology on the state titled Undoing Leviathan, and research on the visual production of place in cinema about South Asia.  She is writing on the emergence, management and persistence of territorial imaginaries that depend on the mimetic capacities of photography and cinema.  This interest has taken her into a few related areas of visual study, such as: colonial tourist photography; circulation of images of insurgent cities; film and architecture; Euro-American filmmakers using Indian film locales; and location shooting more broadly.

In the Department of Critical Studies, Jaikumar conducts undergraduate and graduate survey courses on international sound cinema and seminars on film aesthetics (“Realism and Modernism”), film genre studies (on the historical film; on “Transnational Film Genres”), postcolonial theory, globalization, and Indian cinema. Jaikumar served on the Board of Directors of the Society of Cinema and Media Studies (2006-2009). Jaikumar previously worked as Assistant Professor of Film at the English Department in Syracuse University, where she was awarded the Department’s 2002 undergraduate teaching award. She received her Ph.D. in 1999 from the Department of Radio-TV-Film at Northwestern University, and her dissertation received SCMS’ first honorable mention. Prior to joining academia, Jaikumar was a television reporter and print journalist in New Delhi, India, publishing her writings with The Times of India, The Indian Express, and the journal A&M (Advertising and Marketing).

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Check-In & Reservations

This screening is free of charge and open to the public. Please bring a valid USC ID or print out of your reservation confirmation, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 7:30 P.M.

All SCA screenings are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. The RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.

Parking

The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $10.00 at USC Entrance Gate #5, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & McClintock Avenue. We recommend parking in outdoor Lot M or V, or Parking Structure D, at the far end of 34th Street. Please note that Parking Structure D cannot accommodate tall vehicles such as SUVs. Metered street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

Contact Information

Name: Alessandro Ago
Email: aago@cinema.usc.edu