Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Screening of 'Salt Stories' and Discussion with director Lalit Vachani

Friday, October 1, 2010

4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Joukowsky Forum

Screening of “Salt Stories” and Discussion with director Lalit Vachani

In 1930, a group of Indians led by a frail, elderly man marched a distance of 241 miles. They marched for salt. Mahatma Gandhi was able to craft an anti-colonial, nationalist movement around the most basic issue of livelihood: the right of Indians to make and consume their own salt. Seventy-seven years later, the Wide Eye Film team followed the trail of the famous salt march, stopping at the same villages and towns, in search of Gandhi's legacy. Set against the backdrop of Gandhi's original journey, this is a road-movie about issues of livelihood in modern, globalizing India. It is a documentary about 'the salt stories' of our times. 

Lalit Vachani is a documentary filmmaker and producer/director of the New Delhi based Wide Eye Film. Vachani’s films have received support from the Soros/Sundance Documentary Foundation, the Jan Vrijman Fund, and the India Foundation for the Arts.

This event is co-sponsored by the Watson Institute, the Sociology Department, the Cogut Center for the Humanities, the Global Media Project, International Affairs, and the Development Studies DUG.

Location: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute, 111 Thayer Street.