The new film Vanaja inspects the Indian caste system through its titular heroine, the lovely and capricious 15 year-old Vanaja. Shes your basic teenager in most respects: loves to dance, play you-show-me-yours-and-Ill-show-you-mine, and rebel against authority. But when youre the daughter of a fisherman trying to stay afloat in a changing India, the consequences of those actions are much more severe especially when the boss son is involved. Not exactly a love story (read: Men are dogs; even in India), this entrancing film balances one cultures inherent values with the energetic ideas of modern generations, all in front of a backdrop of dilapidated buildings. See it, love it, and when youre reincarnated, see it again. Check it out and then chat about the film today during Senses of Cinema: Foreign Film 101, at Sunrise Intracoastal (3701 NE 163rd St., North Miami) at 7:30. Tickets cost $10. Buy them at the box office, or visit www.sunrisecinemas.com.
Tue., June 24, 7:30 p.m., 2008