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Sunday, August 20, 2006
Aug 21: "The Name of the Disease"
NCBS presents a documentary about the no-holds barred world of healthcare
in rural Northern India.
Date: Monday, 21 August, 2006
Time: 4:00 pm
Venue: National Centre for Biological Sciences, GKVK, Bellary Road.
"The Name of the Disease"
Konkana Sen Sharma, who won the 2003 National Award for Best Actress in
India for her role in the film Mr. and Mrs. Iyer
Abhijit Banerjee - Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics
and Director, Poverty Action Lab, at MIT.
Arundhati Banerjee - Director of the MIT-India program.
Bappa Sen - an independent commercial film maker based in Kolkata.
Professor Abhijit Banerjee will introduce the film and take questions
Note: High Tea after the film
All are welcome.
The Name of the Disease
The Name of the Disease is a documentary about the no-holds barred world
of healthcare in rural North India, a world where anyone can be a doctor,
a world where everyone has a theory and a solution, frequently involving
ghosts, hypodermic needles and large sums of money. Narrated entirely
through the voices of insiders, but building on years of research in the
area, the film combines humor and tragedy to build an image of a people
struggling to come to terms with the hold of their tradition and the
seductive promises of modernity.
Running Time: 47 minutes; Color: Documentary.
Konkana Sen Sharma won the 2003 National Award for best Actress in India
for her role in the film Mr. and Mrs. Iyer. Mr. and Mrs. Iyer was also
nominated for the Locarno Flim Festival, 2002, and won the Hawaii
International Flim Festival, 2002. She also starred in Page 3, which won
the National Award for Best Feature Film in India, 2004, Amu which won the
National Award for the Best English Language Feature Film in India, 2004
and in the recently released feature film 15 Park Avenue.
Sumit Ghosh is the editor of Bhalo Theko ( Forever Yours), a Bengali
feature film that got the National Award for the best feature film in
2004. He also was the editor for the documentary film Ajit which won
awards at the Bilbao and Amsterdam Film Festivals, the film Between the
Devil and the Deep Sea which won the National Award in India for the best
documentary film and the film Way Back Home which was chosen as the best
documentary film at the Mumbai International Festival for Short and
Documentary Films, 2004.
Music Directed by
Nandlal Nayak founded Akhra, a collective of musicians and dancers based
in Somerville Massachusetts. He is a recipient of one of seven 2002
Creative Artist Fellowships from the US-Japan Friendship Commission and
the National Endowment for the Arts and one of two 2003 Senior Performing
Artist Fellowships from the American Institute of Indian Studies. He also
did the music for Amu which won the National Award for the Best English
Language Feature Film in India, 2004.
Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee is Ford Foundation International Professor of
Economics and Director, Poverty Action Lab, at the Massachusetts Institute
of Technology. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts Sciences and
former Guggenheim fellow. For the past ten years he has been working with
the less well-off population of rural Udaipur district, on issues relating
to access to health-care and education. This is his first film.
Arundhati Tuli Banerjee is Director of the MIT-India program at the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She also teaches courses on Indian
Cinema and India more generally at the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology. This is her first film.
Bappa Sen is an independent commercial film maker based in Kolkata, India.
ALL ARE WELCOME
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