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The Office, “Dilwali” (2006)

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October 19, 2017

The American version of The Office is one of my favorite TV shows, and I’ve watched it from beginning to end at least a dozen times. A big appeal is that unlike many American sitcoms, it has a fairly diverse cast. Certain parts of the show have aged poorly (Steve Carell’s Michael Scott uses both… Read More ›

Film Friday: “The Data Behind Hollywood’s Sexism”

“Why Were We Untouchables?” An Indian author’s quest to understand her country’s entrenched and debilitating caste system—and her family’s place in it.

[Sujatha] Gidla tells numerous stories of the ways in which her parents were discriminated against, isolated, and humiliated, even though they managed to become college teachers and lead more of a middle-class existence. One of her uncles became a guerilla fighter and activist. This all led to Gidla’s own activism, which landed her in jail… Read More ›

Snuggles and Straps and Silence

There is a high likelihood that women will snuggle, giggle, squeal, and sob, relative to men. Conversely, men are more likely to strap, gallop, shoot, howl, and kill. “She Giggles, He Gallops: Analyzing gender tropes in film with screen direction from 2,000 scripts.” By Julia Silge + Russell Goldenberg Amber Thomas Hanah Anderson The Pudding,… Read More ›

Film Friday: “This is What LGBT Life is Like Around the World”

“Billi” (Na Maloom Afraad, 2014)

To celebrate adopting two more cats, I wanted to write about an item song with “billi” in the name. This was the only one I could find. But that’s cool, I haven’t seen many movies from Pakistan. Most of what I know about Pakistan comes from Indian cinema, so that’s problematic at best. The song… Read More ›

Review: Shakespeare Wallah (1965)

Directed by James Ivory, produced by Ismael Merchant, and written by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, Shakespeare Wallah follows a family of white English actors who travel post-colonial India, performing Shakespeare’s plays to dwindling audiences. While the movie focuses on the white protagonists, the movie explores a multi-cultural India grappling with its past and future. How do… Read More ›

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