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CISA Lunchtime Talk: “My Brother, My Enemy — The Indo-Pak Border through a Documentary Lens”

The UCLA Center for India and South Asia proudly presents a talk by Prof. Aparna Sharma of UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures.

Monday, November 21, 2011
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Bunche Hall, Room 10383


Abstract: In this talk, Aparna Sharma will discuss the acclaimed 2005 ethnographic film My Brother, My Enemy by Masood Khan and Kamaljeet Negi. A collaborative student project, My Brother, My Enemy is set against the backdrop of the 2005 Samsung India-Pakistan Cricket Cup. Following the narrative trope of a border crossing, this film maps the encounters of the two filmmakers as they visit each other’s countries to watch the cricket series. The host in each country becomes the cameraperson following his guest as he confronts and questions the perceived enmity between both nations. Khan and Negi’s journeys through India and Pakistan respectively, are marked by subtle disparities and eventually the two filmmakers are seen plotting new and cathartic connections across the border. In this presentation Sharma will examine the scope of self-reflexivity in this film, situating it in the broader context of documentary history and positing it as a subjective practice that critiques and reworks dominant conventions within documentary film. This is an illustrated talk supported with film clips. 


Light refreshments will be served.



Cost : Free and open to the public

Peyton Park

Sponsor(s): Center for India and South Asia

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