May 10, 6p: My Son the Fanatic (UK/France, Prasad, 1997)
Labor Goes to the Movies
Parvez, a Pakistani taxi driver in a small British city, confronts ﬂaring hatreds, his own bleak prospects, and his son Farid’s burgeoning fundamentalism in this 1997 drama directed by Udayan Prasad. Adapted by Hanif Kureishi (My Beautiful Launderette) from his own short story — based on his father’s life — and featuring a riveting, prize-winning performance by the Hindi actor Om Puri playing the lead as the tolerant, secular Muslim Parvez.
Doors open at 6pm; PSC-CUNY Union Hall, 61 Broadway, 16th Floor, New York. A discussion will follow the film. Light refreshments provided.
The theme for Labor Goes to the Movies (LGTM) this academic year is “Contesting Islamophobia. Click here for PDF of a poster with a full calendar of 2012-13 screenings. Read more about the Labor Goes to the Movies film series.