"Shyamal Uncle Turns Off The Lights" – A Global Lens Film Recap And Discussion

Arijit Basu, Jobi Martinez, and Dr. Robert Peaslee recently moderated a discussion and took questions over “Shyamal Uncle Turns Off The Lights,” a selection from the Global Lens film series.

Here’s the synopsis for the film, taken from the Global Lens 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.”

For more information on the Global Lens Film Initiative, visit the website HERE or contact Dr. Robert Peaslee at robert.peaslee@ttu.edu.

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