May 6, 2011
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|From left to right:
Dotty Hamilton, Dean of School of Visual & Communication Arts,
Daniel George, Associate Professor of Management
Ranjan Kamath, Documentarian from India,
Nicole Esquibel, Assistant Professor of Film & Digital Media
KANSAS CITY, Mo - - Ranjan Kamath, a documentarian from India who has spent two decades working for the likes of the British Broadcasting Company, National Geographic and the Discovery Channel, screened two of his films for Avila University students and faculty May 2 in the Dallavis TV production studio.
Kamath, whose works have focused on issues of social justice and contemporary problems in India, showed portions of The Die is Caste, about the violent struggle between lower and upper castes in eastern India, and Fishers of Men, dealing with the conversion of Hindus to Christianity and conflicts among religion, culture and nationality.
Kamath spent several years researching his subjects and filming divergent viewpoints in areas of India where conflicts over class and resources often turn violent. Although his films depict the struggles going on in his homeland, the themes are universal ones of justice and dignity for the poor and powerless – themes which resonated with the audience that packed the TV studio for a personal question and answer session.
Sponsored by Avila's film and digital media program, the film screening and discussion was part of the Reel Dialogues: Bridging Cultures through Film series, which has as its goal to use the powerful medium of film to allow Avila and the public to discuss a variety of important global issues.
Avila University is a private, co-educational, values-based liberal arts institution founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, offering undergraduate, graduate, and adult degree programs. Avila University is located at 119th and Wornall Rd in southwest suburban Kansas City, Mo.