Williams College Brings Award-Winning Documentary Film Reason to Images Cinema

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., October 18, 2019—Award-winning filmmaker from India, Anand Patwardhan, will screen his 2018 film, Reason: The War Between Faith and Rationality, on Sunday, Oct. 27, at 2 p.m. at Images Cinema, located at 50 Spring Street in Williamstown. The screening will be followed by a talkback with the filmmaker, who will be joined by Williams College faculty members Jeffrey Israel, associate professor of religion, and Aparna Kapadia, associate professor of history.

Reason takes audiences to India, the world’s largest democracy. The film’s eight chapters are a chilling account of how murder and mind control are being applied to systematically dismantle secular democracy in a country which once aspired not just to liberty, égalité, and fraternity, but to lead the post-war world away from violence and greed. And yet, the film shows that the battle for reason is not lost. Even as Brahminism (a priest ordained caste hierarchy that withheld knowledge from the working castes) drapes itself in the national flag and sends out its hit squads, resistance has not ended. For every brave rationalist gunned down or driven to suicide, many more take up the mantle.

Patwardhan is one of India’s most respected documentary filmmakers, known for his socio-political, human rights-oriented films. Many of his films were at one time or another banned by state television channels in India and became the subject of litigation by Patwardhan, who successfully challenged the censorship rulings in court. His other film credits include Waves of Revolution (1971), Ram Ke Naam (1992), Father, Son, and Holy War (1995) and Jai Bhim Comrade (2012), all of which have won national and international awards.

Reason was premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2018, and it won the Best Feature-Length Documentary at the 31st International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam in November that year.

This event is sponsored by the departments of history, religion, art history and studio art, the Asian Studies Program, the Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, the Lecture Committee, and the Oakley Center for Humanities and Social Sciences.

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