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9953-Library presents Global Lens feature from India on April 3
Posted for Academic Affairs by Virginia Gause on Mar, 19 2014
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This film from India was selected as the Library's April Global Lens feature to get us thinking about Earth Day, which will be celebrated around the world on April 22, 2014.

SHYAMAL UNCLE TURNS OFF THE LIGHTS

Director: Suman Ghosh, India, 2012, 65 minutes, Bengali, with subtitles in English

UTPA Student Union Theater
Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 7 pm

http://vimeo.com/54219151 Trailer
http://php.lib.utpa.edu/globallens/2012/shyamal.pdf Study Guide

An 80-year-old Kolkata retiree is on a mission to get his neighborhood streetlights turned off after sunrise after he notices they stay on all day as well. Shyamal Uncle finds his sense of propriety upset by this wasteful expense of electricity. But finding someone to take him seriously proves a battle against an indifferent bureaucracy and a complacent status quo (and is just maybe a welcome distraction from his otherwise dull routine). Suman Ghosh’s vérité-style film is alive with the sights, sounds and personalities of this old Kolkata neighborhood, as his unlikely protagonist pursues a quest that adds up to a wry, revealing, highly original tour of modern India.

Global Lens screenings are sponsored by UTPA Library and are free and open to the public.