The Taxi Takes on Terror
The Taxi Takes is an interactive documentary based upon conversations inside Mumbai taxis between drivers and their passengers. The talks are centered around the terrorist attack that hit Mumbai, India on 26th November, 2008. The website, www.thetaxitakes.com aims to be the platform where people from around the World can participate in the taxi talks and have a larger discussion on Modern Terror.
Please join us for a screening of two short films from The Taxi Takes followed by Q and A, and discussion with filmmaker Vandana Sood. An informal reception with Indian Chai and samosas will follow.
ABOUT THE FILMS
WOMEN AND ISLAM
This film focuses on a female taxi driver and the voices of her female passengers. At a time when the ‘burkha’ is being banned, the film explores identity, faith and fashion from exchanges in a taxi, in a Nation that houses the third largest Muslim population. The film won the Best Documentary Award at the Festival ArtDeco de Cinema in Sao Paolo, Brazil.
This short explores the link between 9/11 and the terrorist attack in Mumbai through a series of viewpoints expressed by many passengers and drivers. Iraq, Afghanistan and the plight of the Muslim Community is seen as a starting point to the escalation of home grown terrorists in the Muslim World. The film employs a style of guerrilla documentary filmmaking, which allows the viewer to hear the vox populi after a tragic terrorist attack.
VANDANA SOOD has worked with PBS’s Emmy award winning program, ‘In the Mix’, FOX's Beliefnet, MTV’s Teen Mom and Alwan for the Arts in New York City. She was a PEO International Peace scholar for two consecutive years, was awarded the Commonwealth Vision Award in 2004 and the Davis Peace Project in 2008. Vandana has an MFA in Integrated Media Arts from Hunter College, CUNY in New York City and a Masters in Mass Communication from Jamia’s MCRC in New Delhi, India.
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Sponsored by the Diversity Awareness Office and the Indian Student Association, this event is free and open to the public.