Its easy to be discouraged by the family you were born into, especially when your racist drunkle pops his dentures in and out during Thanksgiving dinner. But feeling mild discomfort over the cranberry sauce is one thing; having your entire lifes mission revolve around your lineage is another. Imagine that your career, love life, and social status were all pre-determined. And scarier, were dictated by those very folk you call mom and dad.
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