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Screening of “Midnight’s Children” with Dr. Deepa Mehta

On Friday, May 31st, Town Hall played host to a special event with celebrated director, screenwriter and producer, Dr. Deepa Mehta.  Her latest film, “Midnight’s Children”, was screened before a jam-packed house in Town Hall and was followed by a riveting Q & A with the Oscar-nominated filmmaker.

The crowd, comprised of alumni, students, community friends, UofT staff and donors, set a new record for Town Hall numbering over 300 audience members in total.

Dr. Mehta, who was recently appointed to the Order of Canada, holds an honorary degree from the University of Toronto (Hon.LL.D, 2011).  She was elated to return to Innis College, announcing in her opening remarks that it was a special thrill to be back at Town Hall and even more so on the occasion of her latest film’s screening.

Corinn Columpar, Associate Professor with the Cinema Studies Institute and the Department of English, led the Q &A, with questions from the audience ranging from working with Salman Rushdie to the unique role of female filmmakers in advancing social change.  Dr. Mehta closed the evening with a nod to her long-time support of Innis College and its community: “I can’t wait to come back.”


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