Seminar: Mississippi Masala
Before the film, UMass Boston professor Elora Halim Chowdhury will give an overview of Nair's groundbreaking film.
Tackling thorny issues of racism, colorism, culture clash, and displacement with big-hearted humor and keen insight, Mira Nair's Mississippi Masala serves up a sweet, sexy, and radical celebration of love’s power to break down the barriers between us.
About the Speaker
Elora Halim Chowdhury is an Associate Professor of Women’s & Gender Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She received her PhD in Women’s Studies from Clark University, Massachusetts (2004). Her teaching and research interests include transnational feminisms, gender and development, violence and human rights advocacy in South Asia. Her latest book is Ethical Encounters: Transnational Feminism, Human Rights, and War Cinema in Bangladesh. Prior to joining UMass, she worked for BRAC, a development NGO, Naripokkho, a women’s advocacy organization, The Daily Star, a national newspaper, the Rights Program in UNICEF, and the Higher Education Program at the Ford Foundation.