On Sunday, August 26th, the Film Studies Program at the University of Pittsburgh will present a screening of Anhey Ghorhey Da Daan (Alms for the Blind Horse). The event is a rare chance to see the award-winning Punjabi film, which premiered in at the Venice Film Festival in 2011.
Directed by Gurvinder Singh, the story portrays the lives of lower-caste Sikhs in rural Punjab. It follows a family over the course of one fateful day, showing how each member reacts to the varying mistreatment they face as a result of their social standing. Their troubles add to the sudden tension within the community, as a demand for justice over the demolition of a house on the outskirts of the village gives way to violence. Anhey Ghorhey Da Daan (Alms for the Blind Horse) was an official selection at the Rotterdam, Busan, and BFI London Film Festival, and won awards at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, as well as the National Awards in India for best direction, cinematography, and best Punjabi film.
The film will be presented in Punjabi with English subtitles. The screening begins at 4 p.m. in 105 David Lawrence Hall. A discussion with the director will follow.