"Journey of Making Manto: From the Written Word to the Moving Image"
Join us for a conversation with Director Nandita Das, Change-maker Asha Motwani, and Stanford Professors Jisha Menon and Usha Iyer about the intersections of cinema, literature, and the sub-continent's history in the context of the 2018 film Manto.
The film, Manto(2018), is a story of two emerging nations, two faltering cities, and one man trying to make sense of it all. It follows the life of maverick writer Saadat Hasan Manto and his journey from India to Pakistan following India's independence from the British Empire and during the Partition (1946-50). As sectarian violence engulfs India, Manto makes the difficult choice of leaving his beloved Bombay for Lahore and finds himself bereft of friends and artwork. While he is unable to get his writings published and burdened by trials for alleged obscene writing, Manto continues to write prolifically about the harsh socio-political realities of the sub-continent. In the film, facts and fiction overlap, blurring the lines between Manto's works and his lived experiences. Mantopremiered at the 2018 Cannes Festival, and was nominated for awards at Asia Pacific Screen Awards, Toronto International Festival, and Cannes.
Director Nandita Das has acted in more than 40 feature films in 10 different languages. She has a Master’s degree in Social Work and is a strong advocate for issues of social justice and human rights. Das made her directorial debut with the film Firaaq (2008), and also directed the play Between the Lines (2012) that engages with gender inequalities among the affluent, educated classes in India. She has served as Chairperson of Children’s Film Society of India (2009, 2012) and on the Jury for Cannes Film Festival (2005, 20013). Das has been conferred the Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Government, is the first Indian to be inducted into the Hall of Fame at the International Women’s Forum, and was selected as a World Yale Fellow (2014).
Free and Open to the Public