Global Lens Preview: “Shyamal Uncle Turns Off The Lights”

Do you like to think of yourself as “cultured?” Time to put your money where your mouth is.

The Texas Tech College of Media and Communication is hosting a weekly series of free films selected from across the globe in an effort to broaden students’ understanding of different cultures through the universal language of cinema. One film will be screened each Thursday in the College of Media and Communication building and panel discussions will take place following the screenings with faculty and individuals connected to the culture of the film in some form or fashion.

The series is presented in association with the Institute for Hispanic and International Communication, the Texas Tech Cross-Cultural Academic Advancement Center, and Dr. Jimmie L. Reeves and Kathryn Quilliam Reeves.

Here is the synopsis for this week’s film, “Shyamal Uncle Turns Off The Lights,” pulled from the Global Film Initiative website:

“An 80-year-old Kolkata retiree is on a mission to get his neighborhood streetlights turned off after sunrise after he notices they stay on all day as well. Shyamal Uncle finds his sense of propriety upset by this wasteful expense of electricity. But finding someone to take him seriously proves a battle against an indifferent bureaucracy and a complacent status quo (and is just maybe a welcome distraction from his otherwise dull routine). Suman Ghosh’s vérité-style film is alive with the sights, sounds and personalities of this old Kolkata neighborhood, as his unlikely protagonist pursues a quest that adds up to a wry, revealing, highly original tour of modern India.

Curious for more information? Visit the Global Film Initiative website HERE or contact Dr. Robert Peaslee in the College of Media and Communication at robert.peaslee@ttu.edu.

 

Catch “Shyamal Uncle Turns Off The Lights” tonight, Thursday, April 18 at 6:00 p.m. in room 083 of the Media and Communication building.
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