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EARTH

Director: DEEPA MEHTA

CANADA-INDIA • 1998 • SUBTITLED • COLOUR • DOLBY STEREO SR • 115 MIN


The second part of the trilogy is set in 1947 and is about the politics of nationalism.
Eight-year-old Lenny-Baby (Maia Sethna) is a Parsee growing up in Lahore; her nanny Shanta (Nandita Das) is a Hindu, while Shanta’s suitors Ice Candy Man (Aamir Khan) and Hasan (Rahul Khanna) are both Muslim. Mehta depicts the mistrust, racism, religious intolerance and violence occasioned by Partition through the innocent eyes of a young girl who belongs to an independent sect. Partition leads to two mass migrations and in the process destroys everything Lenny-Baby thinks she knows about people. This is a chilling exploration of how ordinary people are sucked into the whirlpool of religious and sectarian hatred.

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