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Expanding Horizons: Shakespeare and Indian Cinema

Queen’s Film Theatre
Queen’s University, Belfast
20 University Square, Belfast BT7 1PA
Saturday, November 21, at 2.00pm


Prof. Mark Thornton Burnett, BSA Trustee, is delivering a Media and Performance event as part of the 2020 Being Human festival. At the ‘Expanding Horizons: Shakespeare and Indian Cinema’ event, we will screen a South Indian and Tulu language film adaptation of Macbeth, Paddayi/West (dir. Abhaya Simha, 2017), set in the ‘Mogaveera’ fishing community in Karnataka. The film adapts Shakespeare’s play to represent a society struggling to maintain traditional cultures in the face of the lure of the ‘west’.

Featuring a Q+A with the director and an introduction, and collaboratively delivered with partners – the British Shakespeare Association, Terra Nova Theatre Company, the Indian Community Centre and the Queen’s Film Theatre – the event showcases Shakespeare’s relevance to debate about globalisation, migration and demographic change.

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