Global Neighborhood Film Series:
Join us for the next film in the series:
Peepli [Live] - a dark satirical Indian comedy (2002, 95 min.)
Tues, Feb. 25 @ 7:00 pm. in LaRose Digital Theater, Koury
Discussion with Prof. Jason Kirk, political science/int'l studies
A simple man learns he might be better off dead, at least financially, in this satiric comedy from Indian filmmaker Anusha Rizvi. Natha (Omkar Das Manikpuri) and Budhia (Raghubir Yadav) are two brothers who run a family farm in Peepli, a small town in India. Business has been bad on the farm, and the brothers are unable to repay a government loan, with a default judgment due any day. When the brothers call on a local politician to ask if anything can be done while they wait for a judge's ruling on their case, he facetiously suggests that one of them could commit suicide, since the government would pay benefits to the surviving family members. A television reporter overhears the conversation and immediately puts the story on the air. A media frenzy ensues to see whether a suicide will occur. Peepli Live received its North American premiere at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.
Film Series Sponsored by the Global Neighborhood (Residence Life), Peace and Conflict Studies, International Studies, and Religious Studies.