Film: Earth


Monday, November 20, 2017, 6:00pm to 8:00pm


Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St

Join us for a screening of Deepa Mehta’s Earth (1998; 110 min.), the third and final film in her acclaimed Elemental trilogy. Filmmaker Deepa Mehta will offer introductory remarks and will participate in a conversation with Jinah Kim, the Gardner Cowles Associate Professor of History of Art and Architecture, after the film.

Presented by: Harvard Art Museums
Admission: Free admission
Museum Hours: Open daily 10am–5pm 

In this film, a young girl with polio, Lenny, narrates the story through the voice of her adult self. She is from a wealthy Parsi family who hopes to remain neutral to the rising tensions between Hindus, Sikhs, and Muslims in her neighborhood. She is adored and protected by her parents and is cared for by Shanta, her Ayah (maid). Shanta is part of a larger group of Hindu, Muslim, and Sikh friends who spend their days together in the park. With partition, however, this once- unified group of friends becomes divided and tragedy ensues.

Deepa Mehta is an Oscar-nominated filmmaker whose work is celebrated on an international scale. Her emotionally resonating, award-winning films have played every major film festival, and many remain audience favorites. She is best known for her Elemental trilogy: EarthFire, and Water. Other films include Bollywood/HollywoodHeaven on Earth, and the epic adaptation of Salman Rushdie’s Booker Prize–winning novel, Midnight’s Children.

This screening is offered in conjunction with the installation Women in South Asian Art, on view in the University Teaching Gallery at the Harvard Art Museums through January 7, 2018. This installation complements Jinah Kim’s undergraduate course in Harvard’s Department of History of Art and Architecture. The course explores images of women in South Asian art, taking a historical perspective in order to understand the politics of gender and the social status of women in today’s South Asia.

The screening will take place in Menschel Hall, Lower Level. Please enter the museums via the entrance on Broadway.

The first two installments in the Elemental trilogy, Water and Fire, were screened at the Harvard Art Museums on September 8 and 29, respectively.

Complimentary parking available in the Broadway Garage, 7 Felton Street, Cambridge.