Films and Documentaries
Used in
I. India and Pakistan
II. the Caribbean Area
III. Canada
Higgins' speech on English in My Fair Lady.(Fu Jen)
The story of English: v--. the empire strikes back (Fu Jen)
  I. India and Pakistan
 Empire and Nation: The Re-fashioning of Literature
    The program looks at the relationship between Britain and India from an Indian perspective. Presented by Susie      Tharu, an Indian academic who teaches English literature in Hyderabad, it traces the history of one Indian poem, Radhika Santwanam, from the eighteenth century to  Independence. The complex relationship between Britain and India is explored, showing how modern India is a  product of British colonialism. Shot in New Delhi, Madras, Hyderabad and Thanjavur, the program analyzes the rise of a new middle class in India, which dresses more `modestly,' studies English literature and appreciates Western values, as embodied in British architecture in India. 
      Part of the series Literature in the Modern World at Roland Collection.

  CNN program on the fiftieth anniversary of India.  
India: Land of Spirit and Mystique (Video Visits) (Far East Collection) (Color, 55 mins) (Fu Jen) 

Summary: Your tour of India begins in the holy city of Varanasi, where pilgrims bathe in the healing waters of the River Ganges. Travel to Agra and visit the famed Taj Mahl, built by Shah Jahan as a memorial to his beloved wife.  Glide into the past along the canals and lakes of Srinagar and enjoy a stunning sunset on Dal Lake. Meander through the Pink City of Jaipur, passing camels and elephants on your way to the Palace of the Winds, then continue on to Udaipur, city of palaces and maharajahs. Journey to Maharashtra and enter the ancient caves of Ellora and Ajanta, decorated with frescoes and sculptures. Take in the grandeur of New Delhi before concluding your visit in Bombay, India's economic hub. 

For Reference: Emerging Powers--India (4-2) (Fu Jen) 
The second largest country in the world, India has a large industrial base, nuclear energy, and a government determined to enact market reforms. But after 40 years of socialism, protectionism and bureaucracy, can this nation of 900 million people march to the beat of the free market drummer? 

Indian Films: Salaam Bombay 
For Reference: 
  • In Custody  (Fu Jen), Deven a poet who writes in the almost-obsolate Indian language of Urdu.No one wants to read.Deven then interviewing Nur, Urdu's greatest living poet and she amid the brawling life of Bhopal brothal. A "wise and rueful comedy..excruciatingly funny, striking a perfect balance between laughter and pain". 
  • Masala (Fu Jen), Meet Krishna, he's just your average blue God who doesn't perform "miracles." Summoned by an old woman through her television set, Krishna controls the destiny of all who lives in the community. Meet the mortal Krishna , a young exjunkie who is trying to cope with life after his entire family is killed in a plane crash....
  • Mississippe Masala
  • My Beautiful Laundrette (Central)
Salman Rushdie -- Writers in conversation: Salman Rushdie with W L Webb (Fu Jen 
Background to The Satanic Verses Themes of the divided self - the nature of the city as metaphor - writing dialogue - writing from the experience of uprootedness. 

For Reference: Writers in conversation: SALMAN RUSHDIE with CHARLOTTE CORNWELL (Fu Jen) 
writing about Nicaragua - the tradition of cultural histories written from a political perspective - the writer's role in politics in Latin America - US involvement in Nicaragua - the role of newspapers Salman Rushdie was born in Bombay in and now lives in London. Qn publication of his first novel, Grimus, in 1977, one reviewer advised him to give up writing. Midnight's Children, which followed, won the 1981 Booker Prize and was feted by the literary establishment the world over. His third novel, Shame, was greeted with equal acclaim. In this video he talks about his portrait of Nicaragua, The Jaguar Smile, with actress Charlotte Cornwell. 
Writers in conversation: Edward Said with Salman Rushdie (Fu Jen) 
Palestinian writing -Displacement, landlessness and exile - Palestinian women -Zionism with reference to the Palestinian -Western attitudes Edward Said, through much of his work, is concerned with the identity of a dispersed and dispossessed people attempting to come to terms with their exile: the Palestinians. Professor of English & Comparative Literature at Columbia University, Edward Said's publications include Covering Islam, Joseph Conrad & the Fiction of 
Autobiography, Literature & Society, Orientalism, The Question of Palestine & the World, The Text & the Critic. "Yes, we have been victimised and our identity threatened, but no, we have neither been passive or innocent...nevertheless, to most people Palestinians have been visible as fighters, terrorists and lawless pariahs. 

Sara Suleri --  The Raft of the Medusa: Five voices on colonies, nations and histories (Post-Colonial Theories) by Julian Samuel   (Fu Jen) 

B. Mukherjee -- Bill Moyer: The World of Ideas

II. The Caribbean Area
  Caribbean Poetry: The Literary and Oral Traditions
    Three poets, James Berry, David Dabydeen and Jackie Kay, discuss the varied traditions of poetry in the  Caribbean and look at two distinct strands of poetry, the oral and the literary, and how they have affected poets  writing in Britain. 
                               Part of the series Literature in the Modern World at Roland Collection.

  Caribbean Music and Dance (Color, 25 mins)  (Fu Jen) 

Summary: Folk music and dance from Honduras, Grenada, Jamaica and Haiti.
Films -- Sugar Cane Alley (New Yorker Video, 1995) (Color, 107mins) (In French with English subtitles)  
(Fu Jen) 
       On a lush sugar cane plantation in Martinique lies a dirt road called Sugar Cane Alley, lined with shacks of the poor black families who work in the cane fields. In one of these live Jose, a bright, mischievous 11-year-old orphan, and his grandmother, a tough, wise woman determined to save Jose from the hard life of determined to save Jose from the hard life of the plantation. When Jose wins a partial scholarship at a school in the city, she is ready to sacrifice everything for his chance at an education and an escape from the fields.  
       Euzhan Palcy's award-winning film is an honest, deeply moving human drama of a young boy who fights against the odds for his future. 

  BOY MARLEY STORY, THE  (Central) 3500000063 
      Legend: The Best of Bob Marley and the Wailer (Central) 3500000072

  III. Canada
WHO ARE WE?  (Central) 3500000022 
  Meeting Place   (Fu Jen) Meeting place is an insightful, human look at Toronto's experiment in multiculturalism, a bold social idea that so far appears to be working. The filmexamines the virtues and risks of the program, taking the viewer to an airport immigration desk where a Tamil woman throws herself at an officer's mercy, and to the classrooms of of Westview Centennial High School, whose student body orginates from fifty different countries.  
For Reference: WHO GETS IN?  (Fu JenAn uunprecented front-line view of the Canadian immigration process in action. This documentary, shot in Canada, Africa and Hong Kong provides surprising answers to that difficult question, raising issues about the nature of Canadian immigration policy.  
Home Feeling: Struggle for A Community.  

Home Feeling: Struggle for A Community. (Fu Jen) Jennifer Hodge.  NFB: 1994.  Length: 57:35.  The Jane-Finch "Corridor" is an area of six square blocks in Toronto's North York.  To the residents of Metro Toronto, the Corridor evokes images of vandalism, high-density subsidized housing, racial tension, despair and crime.  The film provides a powerful view of a community that, 
contrary to its popular image, is working towards a more positive future.   (more. . .)

The Handmaid's Tale (Margaret Atwood) 
For Reference: 
  • Other films at Fu Jen

  • at Central: 
  • DECLINE OF THE AMERICAN EMPIRE, THE (Central) 35000000444 
  • I'VE HEARD THE MERMAIDS SINGING  (Central) 3500000048 (Fu Jen
  • All of Atom Egoyan's films
  • ADJUSTER, THE  (Central) 3500000055
  • CALENDAR  (Central) 3500000053
  • SPEAKING PARTS  (Central) 3500000046
  • Exotica
  • The Sweet Hereafter
  • LE SEXE DES ETOILES  (Central) 3500000049
  • MY AMERICAN COUSIN (Central) 3500000050
  • PICTURES DON'T TELL YOU ANYTHING (Central) 3500000035
  • ME, MOM AND MONA (Central) 3500000034; and more . . .