Film Screening and Discussion: Court

Friday, February 5, 2016 - 1:45pm

Williams Hall Room 826

Film Screening: Court

A discussion will follow.  


Winner of top prizes at the Venice and Mumbai film festivals, Chaitanya Tamhane’s Court is a quietly

devastating, absurdist portrait of injustice, caste prejudice, and venal politics in contemporary India. An

elderly folk singer and grassroots organizer, dubbed the “people’s poet,” is arrested on a trumped-up charge

of inciting a sewage worker to commit suicide. His trial is a ridiculous and harrowing display of institutional

incompetence, with endless procedural delays, coached witnesses for the prosecution, and obsessive

privileging of arcane colonial law over reason and mercy. What truly distinguishes Court, however, is

Tamhane’s brilliant ensemble cast of professional and nonprofessional actors; his affecting mixture of

comedy and tragedy; and his naturalist approach to his characters and to Indian society as a whole, rich

with complexity and contradiction. —New Directors/New Films

(Courtesy: Poster & Synopsis-


(116 minutes, Marathi, Hindi, English & Gujarati subtitles)