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An Evening with Award-Winning Director and Screenwriter, Deepa Mehta

Director and screenwriter Deepa Mehta is internationally recognized for her powerful and politically charged films that explore the human condition.

Whether it is larger themes such as the political upheaval of 1947 during the partition of India and Pakistan or the scourge of domestic abuse of women, Dr. Mehta has used her film characters to enlighten her worldwide audience.Deepa1.jpg

On Tuesday, November 1, 2011, Innis College and the Cinema Studies Institute hosted An Evening with Deepa Mehta in Town Hall at Innis College.

Dr. Deepa, who received an honorary degree from the University of Toronto on November 7th, showed raw film clips of her latest project, Midnight’s Children, adapted from Salman Rushdie’s novel of the same name.  Professor Charlie Keil, Director of Innis College’s Cinema Studies Institute, moderated an engaging discussion between Dr. Mehta and guests.

With a packed audience of alumni, friends, donors, students, faculty, staff, and community members, Innis Principal Janet Paterson announced the College’s launch of a $3.2 million fundraising campaign for the renovation and revitalization of Town Hall.  Innis Residence Council President and Secretary (Innis students Andrei Martan and Kyana Brannigan) presented Town Hall Campaign Advisory Board member Larry Wasser (HBA 1977 INNIS) a cheque for $125,000 in support of the Town Hall campaign.

For more information on the Town Hall campaign, please visit the Innis College Town Hall Revitalization Project.

Dr. Mehta’s latest collaboration, Midnight’s Children, with writer Salman Rushdie, is a hybrid of animation and live-action, allowing for the imaginative elements of Rushdie’s narrative to come alive. LEARN MORE about Midnight’s Children, scheduled to release in late 2012.

READ U of T staff writer Anjum Nayyar’s November 8th article, “Deepa Offers Insights Into Newest Film.”

READ a recent Q&A with Deepa Mehta published by U of T’s Bulletin newspaper.

LISTEN to Dr. Mehta’s U of T convocation address.

READ Professor Kay Armatage’s introduction at Dr. Mehta’s convocation.

Photo credit: Katie Billo

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