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BBFC RatingWalled Cities: Earth

GenreDrama, Romance, War
Director(s)Deepa Mehta
LanguageHindi, English, Gujarati, Punjabi, Urdu
CountryIndia, Canada
Running Time1HR 46MINS
Extra InfoSubtitled
SeasonWalled Cities 42

Deepa Mehta’s film depicts the effects of the Partition of India as seen through the eyes of an 8-year-old girl.

Lahore, 1947, and the borders between India and Pakistan are being drawn as imperial rule comes to an end. Lenny (Maia Sethna) is a young girl from a wealthy Parsi family, hoping to remain neutral to the rising tensions between Hindus, Sikhs, and Muslims in the area. She is adored by her parents, and is cared for by a nanny, the beautiful Shanta (Nandita Das), with whom both Dil (Aamir Khan) and Hassan (Rahul Khanna) are in love. All three are part of a larger group of Hindu, Muslim, and Sikh friends, some of whom work for Lenny’s family. With Partition, however, this once unified group of friends becomes divided and tragedy ensues.

Earth will be followed by a discussion with Dr Wasif Naeem, School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, as well as Dr M. Satish Kumar and Dr Gul Kacmaz Erk, School of Natural and Built Environment, Queen’s University.

This event is part of Walled Cities 3: Divided Communities, bringing QFT audiences and academics/experts together via the screening of three films in which political conflict is in the foreground in diverse parts of the world. A discussion, with refreshments, will accompany each screening. 

This is a Cinema and Architecture in the City collaborative research group (www.cacity.org) event series funded by Queen's SNBE Culture and Society research cluster.


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