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"Sunita S. Mukhi" <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 18 Aug 2010 19:29:06 -0400
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So Make Your Reservations NOW! 

I AM (Onir/2010/95minutes/English and Hindi with subtitles)

Regional Premiere Screening, Discussion and Reception 
with the stars of cutting edge Indian Cinema here at the Wang Center 

Tuesday,  September 21, 7pm, Wang Center
5:00 pm VIP reception with cast and director 
7:00pm Screening followed by discussion

Co-owned by over 400 people from 35 countries I AM is a groundbreaking film about four individuals, Afia, Megha, Omar, and Abhimanyu, who are struggling to regain their lives in the midst of the issues and dilemmas that bruise modern Indian society.  Critically acclaimed director Onir brings his empathy for victims of social injustice, sensitivity as a director, and experience in producing independent feature films to these four stories to create a new kind of Bollywood cinema. 
Preceded by a reception with the director Onir (director of My Brother Nikhil), Rahul Bose (of Mr. and Mrs. Iyer), Sanjay Suri (of My Brother Nikhil), and Juhi Chawla (award winning star of Indian Cinema). 
I AM AFIA is the story of a single woman who wants to experience motherhood. But she is afraid of the ticking clock, and unable to trust or even wait for a man, she decides to find that perfect donor who can give her the perfect child. Her search takes her through the underbelly of desire- desperation. 
I AM OMAR is a horrific tale of sexual discrimination; blackmail and prejudice is part of the torrid fabric. It reveals how the police use Article 377 (law under Indian Penal code which criminalizes homosexuality) to harass and blackmail gay men. 
I AM ABHIMANYU is the story of a child sexual abuse survivor. Most unfortunately, according to a survey conducted by the Ministry of Women and Child Development and UNICEF, 53% of children in India are abused. 
I AM MEGHA, is a story of two friends - a Kashmiri Pandit woman and a Muslim woman - separated by conflict. Against the backdrop of the ethnic cleansing in Kashmir in the late 80’s and early 90’s, this story tells of loss of home and identity.

Tickets:  $35 for VIP tickets including reception and meet and greet with artists. 
$10 for Students, $15 for Seniors, $20 for General Admission 
Reservations Required. 

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Thursday, October 28, 7pm, Wang Theater
East Meets West as New York City’s own multi-dimensional TAIYO NA teams with California’s Magnetic North, consisting of producer/rapper DEREK KAN and emcee THERESA VU, for Home: Word, hip-hop storytelling that explores their journey for home.  Known for their refreshingly honest rhymes, precise delivery, and organic beats drawn from Derek’s classical roots and Theresa's fierce spirit, Magnetic North seamlessly merge with the grittiness of Taiyo, a beloved fixture of New York City’s Asian American cultural community. 

$35 for VIPs(reserved priority seating), $20 for General, $15 for Seniors and $10 for students.
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KENNY ENDO IN GATEWAY - MA VS. GROOVE: Taiko Drumming Performance
Performance - Saturday, November 13, 8:00 pm
Workshop - Sunday, November 14, 3pm

The Wang Center celebrates 35 years of drumming by legendary drummer Kenny Endo in GATEWAY - MA VS. GROOVE. Distinguished in Japan and the Western world, Kenny blends taiko with rhythms influenced from his jazz background and collaborations around the world into original melodies and improvisation. For this performance, the consummate artist Kenny along with four master musicians, juxtapose the Japanese concept of "ma" (room, interval) with the Western musical concept of groove.

Co-sponsored with Japan Center at Stony Brook

Tickets for Performance
$35 for VIPs(reserved priority seating), $20 for General, $15 for Seniors and $10 for students.
20% Discounts to groups of 5 or more

For Workshop, Sunday, November 13, 3pm - $25.00
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E PLURIBUS : Exhibition of the American Flag
Opening Reception, Tuesday, October 12, 5pm
Discussion with E Pluribus artist Muriel Stockdale, October 27. 12:50, Lecture Hall 1
Exhibition until December 5

Literally meaning out “out of many,” Muriel Stockdale’s United States flag exhibition E PLURIBUS expresses the multifaceted, multicultural and multidimensional character of everyday patriotism in the United States in a series of surprising and witty American flags. Exquisitely hand crafted in the USA from traditional fabrics and other materials from throughout the globe, these flags represent the vibrant immigrant cultures that make up the diverse American mosaic.


(Ahmed Ahmed/2010/72minutes/USA)
Monday, October 18, 2010 at 7:00 PM

Does Comedy Exist in the Middle East? Featuring Egyptian-American comedian Ahmed Ahmed in his directorial debut, Just Like Us attempts to answer that question on a hilarious comedy tour of four countries in the Middle East, Dubai, Lebanon, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and Egypt with a host of critically acclaimed international stand-up comedians. Breaking down misconceptions, these comedians prove that stand-up comedy has flourished in the Arab region over the past few years and continues to show us that laughter is the common language of the world.

Free for students, $5 for all others, $4 for Arts Council members. 

Part of the Port Jefferson Documentary Series by Greater Port Jefferson-Northern Brookhaven Arts Council.

(Stalin K./2007/108 minutes/Documentary)
Monday, October 25, 2010 at 7:00 PM

Human rights activist and documentarian Stalin K.'s film India Untouched makes it impossible for anyone in India to deny that Untouchability is still practiced today in India. Based on four years of traveling the length and breadth of India, the film exposes, in what is perhaps the deepest exploration of the topic ever undertaken on film, the continuation of caste practices and Untouchability in Sikhism, Christianity and Islam, amongst the Communists in Kerala and within some of India’s most revered academic and professional institutions. 
Discussion with Dr. SN Sridhar, Asian and Asian American Studies Department at Stony Brook

Free for students, $5 for all others. 

Part of the Port Jefferson Documentary Series by Greater Port Jefferson-Northern Brookhaven Arts Council.

Tuesday, November 30, 7pm, Wang Theater

Four of India’s finest directors (Mira Nair, Vishal Bhardwaj, Santosh Shivan, and Farhan Akhtar) aim to dismantle myths and misconceptions about HIV/AIDS, which if ignored will soon reach epidemic proportions in India, in the AIDS Jaago Project. Putting their individualistic stamp on these films and using top Indian movie stars (Shiney Ahuja, Boman Irani, Shabhan Azmi, Prabhu Dev)  they created four beautifully shot, richly textured stories about the human dimension of the disease in order to change minds and save lives.

In preparation of World’s AIDS Day (December 1).

Wednesday, October 6, 1250, Wang Lecture Hall 1

A popular culture phenomenon that has spread globally, the Korean Wave or hallyu is the latest Asian export. From K-pop to fashion to hallyu television dramas, South Korean culture has spread and become a regular part of East Asia’s and Asian America's cultural diet. Hae Joo Kim of Wesleyan University  presents a lively overview of this cultural phenomenon using compelling clips and images to look into the themes and patterns of the TV dramas that are popular in South Korea and have resonated abroad. 


TELLABRASIAN: Stories from Asia
Saturday, December 4, 3pm, Wang Chapel

The Wang Center puts its own unique flair on Tellebration, an annual celebration of storytelling celebrated all over the world. Join us in our serene Interdenominational chapel as talented storytellers weave a web of folktales and fairytales—and personal, spiritual, magical, comedic and poignant human travails and travel throughout Asia.All are welcome. Free Admission. 

There are more programs in the works! 
For updated information, please visit or call 631-632-4400 
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