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Film, "The Reluctant Fundamentalist": Which came First, the Terrorist or the Profiling?

"The Reluctant Fundamentalist": Which came First, the Terrorist or the Profiling?

Films that have dealt with the events of 9/11 tend to focus on the bravery of the people who were there, while a far less popular topic is the wave of xenophobia that swept through the nation, the profiling and…
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Calendar, Night&Day Put Your Hands in the Air

Put Your Hands in the Air

We've seen Mira Nair's Monsoon Wedding a couple times. We know what's involved in an Indian wedding. You've got your piles of marigold garlands and your attendees spontaneously breaking into song and dance. Maybe there's a steamy late-night tryst or…
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Film, Culture Clash

Culture Clash

Packed with female book club members, a screening of Mira Nair's The Namesake left no doubt about the film's target audience. If anyone's going to flock to this warm and likable tale, it's going to be women, yet it seems…
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Film, Reese's Piece

Reese's Piece

In Victorian England, 40,000 novels were published every year. Of the few that have endured, perhaps none is more worthy of a film adaptation than Vanity Fair, if for no other reason than this: It's a chore to read. Clocking…
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Film, The <i>Wedding </i>Zinger

The Wedding Zinger

Cell phones and silk saris, dot-coms and arranged marriages -- Monsoon Wedding, the latest film from Indian-born director Mira Nair (Salaam Bombay!, Mississippi Masala), captures the heady mix of old and new, rich and poor, traditional and modern that defines…
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