A Folk Tale


Dir. Ketan Mehta (1980).
Gujarati director Ketan Mehta’s cooperatively produced first feature is a sardonic, exuberant musical comedy about the origin of India’s lowest caste. Half traditional folk drama, half Brechtian travesty, the film had no real precedent in Indian cinema 30 years ago when it first appeared.

Fri., Nov. 12, 1 p.m.; Sat., Nov. 13, 9:15 p.m., 2010