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Video Lending Library

The videocassettes and DVDS in the Center's lending library are available to educators in the Southeastern United States free of charge.

Many of these videos, as well as others related to South Asia, are available to University of Virginia faculty and students at the undergraduate library, Clemons, which also houses a collection of 2,000 Indian feature films on video.

Lending Policy:

Reservations must be made two weeks prior to viewing for a maximum of three at a time. We request that you return the video, properly rewound, within 24 hours of viewing. Items must be shipped by UPS and insured for the value indicated on the case of each item.


Video Catalog

AFTERSHOCKS: THE ROUGH GUIDE TO DEMOCRACY Color. 66 minutes; 2000. Director/Producer: Rakesh Sharma
This video documents the relocation of different social groups by the Gujarat Mineral Development Corporation in its projects to develop coal mines. It demonstrates that often times, poor rural dwellers in India are resettled with inadequate facilities and misled by Indian companies in their pursuit of profit.

AHMEDABAD - LIFE OF A CITY IN INDIA Color. 30 minutes; 1983.
Historical vignettes depict the struggles of the working class under Hindu, Moslem, and British rule. Includes footage of an uprising led by Gandhi.

ALTAR OF FIRE Color. 45 minutes; 1976.
Records the Agnicayana, the Vedic sacrifice to the fire-god Agni, as performed in 1975 in a village in Kerala, South India. The 12-day rite had never been seen by outsiders.

Contrasts the harmonious agricultural society of Ladakh’s countryside and the Westernized capital, Leh, with its problems of scarcity and crime. Based on a book by Helena Norberg-Hodge.

ARRANGED MARRIAGES Color. 52 minutes; 2003.
A Westerner explores the institution of arranged marriages with her married Indian friends. She finds that there are many variations in the way these marriages are arranged, but in all cases, the marriage is a family matter, often used to reinforce the social standing of the family, and to preserve values from generation to generation.

ART AND ARCHITECTURE OF INDIA Color. 82 minutes; 1998.
This program looks at examples of Indian artwork and architecture, including the Taj Mahal and the temple murals at Ajanta and Ellora, and examines how Indian art and architecture have been influenced by Hinduism, the caste system, and the country’s different invaders.

BANARAS Color. 22 minutes; 1970.
Images of the pulse of daily life, which returns again and again to the Ganges from the city’s shrines, crowded lanes, roadside stalls, and funeral processions.

Bangladesh is particularly vulnerable to cyclones and seasonal flooding. This video takes a close look at the more than 200,000 people who live on the island of Moheshkhali, only 20 inches above sea level.

BEARING THE HEAT: MOTHER GODDESS WORSHIP IN SOUTH ASIA Color. 60 minutes; 1997. Director: Kristin Oldham
Explores the diverse ritual practices by devotees in their worship of the Mother Goddess in South India. Included is the transference of human suffering (which is conceived of as heat) to the deity, and the rite of cooling her with substances such as milk, lemons, and coconut water.

India’s cities are thronged with faceless rickshaw workers. This film puts a human face on those at the low end of the caste system whose only chance to eke out a bare subsistence for their families is to do the work done by beasts of burden in more affluent societies.

BEING MUSLIM IN INDIA Color. 40 minutes; 1984.
Moves from a Muslim neighborhood school to the home of a devout Muslim family. The family discusses Muslim teachings and celebrates a Bismillah ceremony.

BENAZIR BHUTTO: WALKING THE TIGHTROPE Color. 52 minutes; 1995. Director: Etienne Duval Producer: Rene-Jean Bouyer
Explores the complex person of Benazir Bhutto, Prime Minister of Pakistan and the first woman to head a Muslim country, as well as Pakistan’s political history.

BHOPAL: THE SECOND TRAGEDY Color. 60 minutes; 1994.
An examination of the current situation in the India city of Bhopal, site of the devastating 1984 gas leak from the Union Carbide factory that, to date, has caused the death of 20,000 people, and injury to hundreds of thousands of others.

THE BIRTH OF PAKISTAN B/w and color. 20 minutes; 1990.
A survey of the history of Pakistan, from the religious unrest that led to Pakistan’s separation from India at the time of independence to the election of Benazir Bhutto.

BOMBAY: OUR CITY Color. 57 minutes; 1985. Producer: Anand Patwardhan
Bombay slum-dwellers struggle to survive without electricity, sanitation, and water supply, under threat of eviction by authorities campaigning to beautify Bombay.

BUDDHISM: THE MAKING OF A MONK Color. 15 minutes; 1999.
Documents a young Thai man’s entry into a Buddhist monastery. Describes his reasons and goals for becoming a monk and explains some of the basic aspects of monastic life. A filmed sequence of the initiation ritual is shown and described within the context of the central Buddhist precepts.

CASTE AT BIRTH Color. 52 minutes; 1990. Director: Mira Hamermesh Producer: Mira Hamermesh
An exploration of the condition of the 150 million untouchables, India’s lowest caste, including government attempts to improve their condition, resistance among upper caste Hindus, and the work of leaders among the untouchables to bring about change.

THE CAT AND THE MOUSE: CHINA AND TIBET Color. 50 minutes; 1995. Producer: BBC Television
Documents the Tibetan resistance against the repressive occupation by the Chinese. The film contrasts the moderate approach of the Dalai Lama vs. rebels who employ more direct forms of protest.

CIRCLES - CYCLES: KATHAK DANCE Color. 28 minutes; 1989. Demonstrations of both the pure dance style of northern India by some of its greatest living performers. Miniature paintings of Kathak dancers in the Hindu and Muslim courts of northern India provide historical background.

COMPASSION IN EXILE Color. 60 minutes; 1992. Director: Mickey Lemle
A portrait of the 14th Dalai Lama, now living in exile in India, that documents his nonviolent struggle to preserve his people and their culture from destruction under Chinese occupation, as well as his upbringing and important moments in his life.

The film observes several legal Indian institutions in action and contrasts Gandhis and Ambedkars views on formal courts.

CROSSING LINES DVD Color 30 minutes . 2008
Crossing Lines is about an Indian American woman’s struggle to stay connected to India after the loss of her father. Like most second-generation ethnic Americans, Indira Somani has struggled with identity issues, since her parents migrated to the U.S. in the 1960s. Being born and brought up in the U.S. Indira led an American life, but at home, her world was Indian because of her father’s immense love for India and Indian culture. This film takes you on a journey to India, where Indira visits her father’s extended family for the first time after his death. The film explores how Indira tries to stay connected to Indian culture and her extended family, despite the loss of her father. It is the story of how one daughter pays tribute to her father in all that he’s taught her about India, Indian culture and family.

CYCLES OF INTERDEPENDENCE Color. 55 minutes; 1983.
In Ladakh, Buddhist monks and lay families have a symbiotic relationship, evidenced especially in annual cycles of growing crops and festival dances of protector deities.

DADI AND HER FAMILY: A RURAL MOTHER-IN-LAW IN NORTH INDIA Color. 50 minutes; 1982. Producer: University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Focuses on a grandmother (Dadi) in a Jat farm family in Haryana. Describes household customs, marriage, and dependence of women on husbands in society. Dadi and her family recognize the constantly changing forces holding the family together as well as threatening to break up the family and to divide and separate the family property.

The Dalai Lama speaks on the process and stages of dying, detailing subtle levels of consciousness through which a dying person passes. A lecture videotaped in Montreal.

DALDA 13: A TALENTED WOMAN HISTORY FORGOT Color. 23 minutes; 1997. Director: Monika Baker
Profiles the career of Homai Vyarawalla, a photojournalist who is largely unrecognized for her powerful images of India.

DANCING GIRLS OF LAHORE Color. 40 minutes; 1991. Producer: Ahmad Jamal
The courtesans of Lahore, descended from the dancers of the Moghul courts, will be affected by Pakistans direction as either a religious Islamic state or a more liberal, culturally Islamic society. The film presents two young women who would like to escape to new lives as film stars but must work as entertainers to support their brothers and fathers.

DEBATE IN THE TIBETAN TRADITION Color. 60 minutes; 1985. Director: Greta Jensen
A presentation of some of the classic topics used in the study of logic and the practice of debate in Tibetan Buddhist monastic universities in India, featuring Georges Dreyfus, the first Westerner to receive the ge-shey degree.

DESI: SOUTH ASIANS IN NEW YORK Color. 60 minutes; 2000.
With stories as varied as the terrain of the Indian subcontinent itself, the video spotlights the colorful patchwork of South Asian culture across the tri-state area. The film presents a dozen or so first- and second-generation New Yorkers of South Asian origin who have become an integral part of the city.

DHAMINIS OF JUMLA: SPIRIT POSSESSION IN WESTERN NEPAL Color. 35 minutes; 2001. Producer: Townsend Middleton/UC-Berekley
This vivid ethnographic documentary explores the ritual practice and social importance of spirit possession in the villages of Jumla, in western Nepal.

DIYA Color. 55 minutes; 2001. Director: Judith MacDougall
This film follows the life history of a diya, a small terracotta oil lamp used in Diwali puja ceremonies and other religious ceremonies in India, and looks at the everyday experiences of those who make, sell, and use them.

EMERGING POWERS: INDIA Color. 50 minutes; 1996. Producer: Wall Street Journal Television
The Indian TV correspondent and producer Anita Ratnam looks at the economic liberalization program that is transforming India into a major global economic power.

EMPIRE! Color. 55 minutes; 1991.
The fourth program of the PBS series The Shape of the World, this video recounts British efforts to map India, including the Lambton expedition of 1802, the Everest expedition of 1833, and the secret survey of Indias borders with Russia and China.

An internationally recognized exponent of the classical style of Orissa performs dances of devotional eroticism, based on India religious texts.

EXPLORING THE MANDALA Color. 6 minutes; 1992. Producer: Pema Losang Chogyen/Cornell University
A computer simulation of the relationship between a two-dimensional mandala - represented here by a sand mandala - and the type of three-dimensional mandala visualized in meditation by Tibetan yogis.

FATHER, SON, AND HOLY WAR Color. (2x60) minutes; 1994. Director: Anand Patwardhan
Part 1: Trial by Fire, which takes its title from Sita’s trial by ordeal in the Ramayana, deals with a 1987 case of sati (the burning of a widow on her husbands funeral pyre), the fire rituals of the upper castes, and the communal fires in Bombay in 1993, and contrasts instances of burning violence with the work of Hindu and Muslim firefighters working for women’s rights and communal harmony. Part 2: Hero Pharmacy, examines constructions of masculinity among Hindus and Muslim Indians today and shows how they lead to violence, war, and genocide.

FILMS FROM THE RAJ B/w. 20 minutes; 1977.
British India during 15 years before independence. Compiled from silent home movies taken by British families in India, plus letters, diaries, and photographs.

FISHING IN A SEA OF GREED Color. 45 minutes; 1998. Director: Anand Atwardhan
Portrays the growing concern of local fish-workers in India and Bangladesh, as huge foreign factory ships decimate their fishing grounds and ruin their environment. Describes how a local union transformed into a national movement, culminating in a blockade of Bombay’s harbor and a joyous rally in a nearby fishing village.

FOOTPRINTS ON THE SANDS OF TIME Color. 24 minutes; 1989.
Through discussions with womens groups and interviews with prominent Sri Lankan women, the International Federation of University Women in Sri Lanka presents an overview of how women in Sri Lanka are working for reform.

Focuses on four sadhus: the administrator of a Ramakrishna Mission hospital; a traditional guru who heads a monastery; a recluse; a scholar who is the founder of a national political party.

A newly retired newspaper editor decides whether or not to enter the classical Hindu fourth stage of life and renounce the world.

Interviews with laypeople, monks, and nuns reveal the teachings, history, and major observances of Jainism, and how modernism challenges Jain beliefs. The video opens in a Jain animal shelter, run in accordance with Jain principles of non-violence.

GANDHI’S INDIA B/w. 60 minutes; 1970.
Explores the British role in India, the struggle for independence, and the birth of modern India and Pakistan. Uses old news footage, but with less emphasis on Gandhi than the title suggests.

GIVEN TO DANCE Color. 60 minutes; 1985.
Based on Frederique Margolin’s book The Wives of the God King, this film focuses on retired temple dancers connected with the cult of Jagannatha in Puri and Orissa, South India.

Hajari Bhand of Chittorgarh, Rajasthan is renowned in the nearby courts, towns, and villages of Mewar for his skill as a bahurupiya, a wandering mimic performing mostly comic routines. This video highlights Hajari Bhands twenty different disguises and his performance of various routines; interspersed with interview with the artist.

THE HIDDEN STORY: A QUEST FOR WOMEN’S UNRECORDED HISTORY Color. 58 minutes; 1995. Director: Shikha Jhingan Producer: Ranjani Mazumdar
A documentary that reworks the traditional travelogue documentary form to allow first-person narration of the lives of four peasant women from different parts of India and to explore the encounter between urban and rural women.

HINDUISM AND THE SONG OF GOD Color. 30 minutes; 1978.
The major doctrines of the Bhagavadgita, including the four yogas, karma, and the four stages of life, set against images of modern India.

HIS HOLINESS THE DALAI LAMA (8x120 )minutes; 1981.
A series of lectures, entitled Emptiness and Great Compassion: The Psychology of Selflessness, in which the Dalai Lama teaches his synthesis of the entire Buddhist path to enlightenment. The lectures were delivered at Harvard University in 1981.

HOLI: A HINDU CELEBRATION Color. 55 minutes; 1999.
Holi is the Hindu havest festival when Krishna’s life is celebrated, a time of revelry and the lifting of social conventions. The movie depicts three days of celebration, focusing on the temple of Nandaga, which culminates in a ritual circle dance. The role of deities is discussed along with the significance of certain rituals as they pertain to Krishna’s life.

I AM A MONK Color. 30 minutes.
The daily life and education of a Buddhist monk in Thailand, as exemplified by an American who has lived in a Bangkok monastery for eight years.

I AM A SUFI, I AM A MUSLIM Color. 52 minutes; 1996.
Travel to India, Pakistan, Turkey, and Macedonia to explore Sufism and observe how it is practiced in various parts of the world today. This film also features Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, a well-known performer of Qawali music.

IN THE NAME OF GOD Color. 90 minutes; 1993. Director: Anand Patwardhan
The background of the sectarian controversy centered on Ayodhya, the city of the Hindu epic Ramayana and the site of the now-destroyed 16th-century mosque, the Babri Masjid.

INDIA CABARET Color. 60 minutes; 1986. Producer: Mira Nair
Explores the respectable and corrupt stereotypes of women in contemporary patriarchal Indian society, as well as its rules and double standards, by focusing on a group of female strippers who work in a nightclub in the suburbs of Bombay and their clients.

INDIA INVENTED Color. (13x30) minutes. Producer: APCA, India
This series presents an overview of the historical evolution of one of the oldest civilizations of the world. It traces the progress of India from the stone age to the present day. Part 1: Exploring Indian History Part 2: Dawn of Civilization Part 3: The Age of Enlightenment Part 4: The Age of Iron Part 5: The Buddha Overtaken Part 6: The Spice of Life Part 7: The Long Twilight Part 8: Pilgrims Progress Part 9: Islam Comes to Hindustan Part 10: West Meets East Part 11: The Age of Empire Part 12: Colonial Encounters Part 13: The Nation Comes of Age

INDIA UNVEILED Color. 120 minutes; 1986. Director: PBS
A PBS presentation of the history of India from the time of Mahatma Gandhi to the time of Rajiv Gandhi.

INDIA: LAND OF MONSOONS Color. 22 minutes; 1991.
A glimpse of how the people of India have learned to live with monsoons, which bring both needed rain and disastrous foods; includes a study of the different kinds of monsoons.

AN INDIAN PILGRIMAGE: KASHI Color. 30 minutes; 1976.
Two Telugu-speaking brahmans and their wives have come from South India to Kashi (Banaras or Varanasi) to perform classical ancestor rites. They also shop in bazaars and visit tourist attractions.

A folk pilgrimage by a group of Hindus to the grave of Ramdev, a medieval hero. Devotion, with little priestly instruction, guides their worship.

Shrouded in mystery, the details of the Indus Valley civilization are slowly being extracted from the archaeological record. In this program, experts investigate the language, customs, and beliefs of the inhabitants of Mohenjoy-daro, Harappa, Dholavira, and Kalibangan.

ISLAM IN CENTRAL ASIA Color. 28-60 minutes; 2003.
Three part lecture series from Harvard Universitys National Resource Center for Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Also includes a teaching guide. Titles of lectures are The Mongols and the Spread of Islam, Tamerlane: The Nomadic Ruler, The Mughals Through History, Literature, and Art, Diversity in Islam, with focus in Central Asia, and Islam as Politics and Polities as Spirituality in Uzbekistan.

ISLAM & FEMINISM Color. 25 minutes; 1991. Producer: Nighat Said Khan
Examination of the inequities in Pakistans Islamic law which does not distinguish between rape, fornication, and adultery. Although some of Pakistan’s most prominent leaders are women, a rape victim can be charged under Islamic law with having had extramarital sex.

ISLAMIC MYSTICISM: THE SUFI WAY Color. 30 minutes; 1997.
A survey of Sufi doctrines, ritual, and dance, as taught and practiced in several Islamic countries, including India. Narrated by Huston Smith.

JAGRITI (THE AWAKENING) Color. 25 minutes; 1991. Director: Jugnu Ramaswamy
Interviews with local politicians and administrators of international aid organizations-and students satirical sketches of the same people-provide a record of the first year of a school for children in the poorest district of Delhi.

A JOURNEY WITHIN A JOURNEY Color. 90 minutes; 1996. Director: Chitra Neogy
A documentation of some of the powerful folkloric art forms of India - ritualistic dances, shadow puppetry, martial arts - as viewed through the eyes of Chitra Neogy, a traveler returning to the villages of Kerala in India after the death of her father in search of inner renewal.

THE KALASHA: RITES OF SPRING Color. 52 minutes; 1990. Director: Peter Parkes
A view of the threatened way of life of the Kalasha people, of the valleys of the Hindu Kush Mountains in northwest Pakistan; by the anthropologist Peter Parkes.

KALEIDOSCOPE ORISSA Color. 35 minutes; 1967.
A photographic study of the arts of Orissa, one of the poorest states in India, but famous for its artisans.

The changing attitudes of poor, urban Indian women, seen in the lives of two women struggling to support their families in a slum neighborhood.

KASTHURI: A SOUTH INDIAN FILM STAR Color. 30 minutes; 1995. Producer: R. Breyer, N.C. Rajamani
Depicts the daily life of a South Indian film star. By following her from rehearsals to fan club appearances as well as shopping with her mother, the film uncovers the paradox between her public and private lives. Despite being a successful career woman, the twenty-one-year old Kasthuri is content to have her parents arrange a suitable marriage to a man of their choosing.

KHYBER Color. 52 minutes; 1979.
A study, by anthropologists Akbar Ahmed and Louis Depree, of the sensitive region on the border of Pakistan and Afghanistan, where Pathans killed 17,000 British soldiers, women, and children in 1842.

KINGS, LOVERS, AND THIEVES Color. 35 minutes; 1997. Producer: Bob Madey
Documents the changing fate of two traditional forms of folk opera: Nautanki and Kyal , in relation to current socio-political and cultural influences in modernizing India.

THE KIRGHIZ OF AFGHANISTAN Color. 60 minutes; 1975. Producer: Nazif Shahrani
A last look at the tribal culture of the Kirghiz people of Afghanistan, unchanged since the Middle Ages; the Kirghiz have since led to Pakistan and been airlifted from there to Turkey. By the anthropologist Nazif Shahrani.

LADY OF GINGEE: SOUTH INDIAN DRAUPADI FESTIVALS Color. 33 minutes; 1988. Producer: Alf Hiltebeitel
Describes a Draupadi festival in the village of Melacceri in Tamilnadu. The celebrations include bardic recitations of the Mahabharata, Terukuttu (village or street dramas), village hero-cult rituals (including possession), and village participation in fire-walking.

THE LAUGHING CLUB OF INDIA Color. 35 minutes; 2003. Director: Mira Nair; Producer: Adam Bartos
Five years ago in Bombay, Dr. Madan Kataria decided to find out whether or not laughter is the best medicine. He gathered together a group of patients and neighbors to meet daily to laugh. After a time, Dr. Kataria found that the participants experienced improved health and decreased levels of stress. Thus was born across India the phenomenon of laughing clubs. Since then, clubs have spread to Europe and to the United States.

LIFE AND DEATH OF A DYNASTY Color. 90 minutes; 1991.
Private and historical views of three major Indian Prime Ministers-Jawaharlal Nehru, his daughter, Indira Gandhi, and her son Rajiv Gandhi-seen in candid footage shot from 1962 to 1989 and through the commentary of noted historians.

LORD OF THE DANCE: DESTROYER OF ILLUSION Color. 108 minutes; 1985. Director: Richard Kohn Producer: Christoph Giercke
The Mani Rimdu tantric initiation, as performed at Chiwong Monastery, in the Mount Everest region of Nepal; filmed by permission of Lama Trulshig Rinpoche.

LOVING KRISHNA Color. 40 minutes; 1985.
Two major festivals, the celebration of Krishnas birth and the great Chariot Festival, held in a small historic town where worship and daily life are intertwined, along with arts and crafts, and bazaar exchanges.

THE MAHABHARATA Color. (3x106) minutes; 1990. Director: Peter Brook
Peter Brooks innovative contemporary adaptation of the Indian epic, with an international cast. In three parts: The Game of Dice, Exile in the Forest, and The War.

MANDIR, MASJID, MANDAL, AND MARX: DEMOCRACY IN INDIA Color. 43 minutes; 1991. Producer: Sugata Bose
Focuses on the 1991 election in north India and the results of the election. Issues include: Uttar Pradesh and Mandir/Masjid; Bihar and Mandal (caste); and Bengal and Marx (class).

MARRIAGES IN HEAVEN Color. 26 minutes; 2001. Producer: Annada D. Rathi
This illuminating documentary explores the ways in which globalization and modernization are affecting young people and changing the traditions of arranged marriages among Indians living both in India and in America.

MITHILA PAINTERS: FIVE VILLAGE ARTISTS FROM MADHUBANI, INDIA Color. 40 minutes; 1994. Director and Producer: R. Owens, J. Elder
Since the sixties, the distinctive paintings of the Mithila region, traditionally done on village walls and floors, have been made on heavy handmade paper suitable for commercial sale. The video focuses on the lives and individual styles of four women and one man to show how painting has affected the villagers lives.

An 11-year-old girl in Jitwarpur, northeastern India, observes older women practicing traditional crafts.

MUSIC OF INDIA Color. 22 minutes; 1991.
Introduction to the Hindustani music of North India and the Karnatak music of South India, with explanations of the concepts of raga and tala. Includes demonstrations by Nikhil Banerjee on sitar and T. Viswanathan on flute.

A MUSICAL TRADITION IN BANARAS Color. 40 minutes; 1973.
Late-night practice sessions in the home of Panchu Maharaj, a classical drummer and musical instructor at Banaras Hindu University.

A NARMADA DIARY Color. 60 minutes; 1995. Producers: Anand Patwardhan, Simantini Dhuru
Documents five years in the life of a movement to prevent the building of a controversial dam along the Narmada River. The dam is projected to put a vast amount of land underwater and displace the 200,000 residents of the Narmada valley. For nearly a decade these people, mostly indigenous advasi, have protested the building of this uneconomical dam. The Save Narmada Movement which they founded spearheaded the non-violent agitation against this dam.

NEHRU: A PROFILE Color. 22 minutes; 1977. Producer: Reuters Television
Recounts Nehrus development from anglophile to resister, his role in Indias independence, and his relationship with Gandhi. Includes footage of Indias independence and civil war.

NEPAL: LAND OF THE GODS Color. 62 minutes; 1985.
A view of the mingling of Buddhist and pre-Buddhist customs in this Himalayan kingdom.

NO LONGER SILENT Color. 57 minutes; 1987.
This prize-winning documentary of the struggle of Indian women for equality provides an overview of womens organizations and resource centers, as well as profiles of activists seeking to correct current and traditional abuses.

OBSERVING THE BREATH Color. 30 minutes; 1983.
An exposition of a traditional meditation technique from the Theravada school of Buddhism.

OCEAN OF WISDOM Color. 35 minutes; 1986.
An intimate portrait of the Dalai Lama in his private and public life; includes rare footage of the Buddhist leader in his private religious practice and daily routine.

This program looks at Pakistans complex relations with Iran, India, and the United States and the contributions of its multicultural population: Punjabi and Pathan, Sindhi and Baluchi, and Ismaili and Buddhist. The regions heritage as the seat of the Indus Valley civilization is also explored.

THE PATHANS Color. 45 minutes; 1980. Producer: Akbar Ahmed
The life of the Pathans, in the border region between Pakistan and Afghanistan: their allegiance to Islam, their code of honor, and their resistance to outside leadership; by the anthropologist Akbar Ahmed.

PILGRIMAGE TO PITTSBURGH Color. 25 minutes; 1987.
A visit to the tenth-anniversary celebration at the Lord Venkateshvara temple near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, shows how the temple serves as a religious and cultural center for a community of Indians living in the United States.

Charges against Christian missionaries for unlawful conversions and desecration of Hindu shrines are fodder for militant revivalists who seek to claim converts for themselves and justify acts of violence against Indias Christian minority. This gripping video investigates the political agendas behind the violence, as the tribal poor, many of whom have benefited socioeconomically from embracing Christianity, are coercively reclaimed by Hinduism of which they were never a part.

THE POWER OF COMPASSION: SAKYADHITA Color. 66 minutes; 1995. Producer: Marlie Bosch
This film gives an impression of the fourth international conference for Buddhist women, held in Leh, Ladakh, India, in August of 1995.

Focusing on refugee monks and lay people in South India, this film shows the Tibetan method of education through debate, and pays special attention to the Mahayana Buddhist doctrine of the inseparability of compassion and wisdom.

PUJA: EXPRESSION OF DEVOTION Color. 29 minutes; 1996. Producer: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
An introduction to Puja, wherein Hindus honor gods and goddesses through rituals focussed on objects believed to be filled with the divine beings spirit. This video was made for the exhibition, Puja: Expressions of Hindu Devotion which opened at the Sackler May, 1996.

PURE CHUTNEY Color. 42 minutes; 1998. Producer: The Cinema Guild, Inc.
The film takes up as its theme the undeniable hybridity of postcolonial societies, and celebrates in some measure the events and accidents of history that constitute the Indian diaspora.

THE QUAID MR. JINNAH: THE MAKING OF PAKISTAN Color. 92 minutes; 1997. Producer: Akbar Ahmed
The drama of the Partition of India and the creation of Pakistan in 1947 was dominated by larger-than-life figures like Lord Mountbatten, Mahatma Ghandi, Pandit Nehru and Mr, Jinnah, the Quaid-I-Azam (the Great Leader). The Quaids achievement was the creation, almost single-handedly, of the largest Muslim nation in the world, Pakistan. As its Governor-General he became the first Asian head of state in modern history, yet he is the least known among the giants of his time.

RAJIV’S INDIA Color. 60 minutes; 1985. Producer: Jack Anderson Files
Interviews with various Indians show the countrys early response to Rajiv Gandhis politics of conciliation, and show how the people are trying to keep their 5,000-year-old heritage while modernizing rapidly.

A RAMLEELA Color. 72 minutes; 1987
This ancient community drama has been played out over the past 116 years in Dow village in Central Trinidad. Every year, before the Divali festival, the beloved characters from Ramayana come to life as their story is told with colorful pageantry, drama, and humour before the villagers. The video presents a short background feature on the Ramleela.

RAVI SHANKAR: THE MAN AND HIS MUSIC Color. 60 minutes; 1986.
An affectionate portrait of Ravi Shankar, in Europe and the United States with musicians ranging from Yehudi Menuhin to George Harrison and in India with his students and family.

REBELS VS. THE RAJ: INDIA DURING WORLD WAR IIB/w. 48 minutes; 1986. Producer: A Sugata Bose
Film Profiles Subas Chandra Bose, from 1939 to 1947 Independence, and his Indian National Army in their joint attempt with the Japanese to invade British India from Burma. Contains rare film footage.

THE REINCARNATION OF KHENSUR RINPOCHE Color. 62 minutes; 1991. Producer: Tenzing Sonam and Ritu Sarin
An account of the discovery, in Chinese-occupied Tibet, of the three-year-old boy recognized as the reincarnation of a revered Tibetan monk who died in 1985.

REQUIEM FOR A FAITH Color. 28 minutes; 1972. Producer: Huston Smith
This film focuses on the efforts of Tibetans in exile in a refugee camp in India to preserve a major tradition of Mahayana Buddhism.

ROOTS IN THE SAND Color. 57 minutes; 1998. Producer: Jayasri Majumdar Hart
A multi-generational portrait of pioneering Punjabi-Mexican families who settled, a century ago, in Southern Californias Imperial Valley. Through the use of found footage, archival and family photographs, personal and public documents, Hart tells the touching and inspirational story of a community that grew out of a struggle for economic survival in the face of prejudice.

SADHUS: INDIA’S HOLY MEN Color. (3x52) minutes; 1995.
This three-part mini-series explores the lives of three of the most controversial sadhus of Hindu India. Part 1: The Rolling Saint, follows Lotan Babas 2500-mile penance across India. Part 2: The Living God, focuses on Jayendra Saraswati, arguably the most influential man in India. Part 3: Living with the Dead, concentrates on Ram Nath, a member of the rare and extreme aghori sadhu sect, who ritually pollutes himself in order to worship.

SAHERI’S CHOICE Color. 27 minutes; 1998.
Examines the custom of arranged marriages in India. The film follows the story of one girl and her family as they confront the reality of an impending marriage that was arranged when the girl was barely six years old.

SAND PAINTING: SACRED ART OF TIBETAN BUDDHISM Color. 30 minutes; 1991. Producer: Sherri Brenner
Two Tibetan monks of Namgyal Monastery create the Kalachakra mandala at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.

SATHYA SAI BABA: AURA OF DIVINITY Color. 60 minutes; no date. Producer: Richard Bock
Five thousand years ago, the ancient scriptures of the Mahabharata prophesied that in this age of spiritual and moral decline, political corruption, crime and falsehood, a holy man would appear in order to put us all on the rightious path. Filmmaker Richard Bock presents the life of Sri Sathya Sia Baba, the man who claims to be such a man.

SATYA: A PRAYER FOR THE ENEMY Color. 27 minutes; 1993. Director and Producer: Ellen Bruno
Testimonies by Tibetan nuns who have led in the resistance to the Chinese occupation of Tibet and suffered brutal treatment as political prisoners, yet adhere strictly to the principles of nonviolence.

SHANGSHUNG: THE ARTISTIC TREASURES OF TSAPARANG AND THOLING Color. 60 minutes; 1987. Director: Brian Beresford Producer: Sean Jones
Early Mahayana frescoes, dating from the 10th to the 17th centuries, from the abandoned citadel of Tsaparang-formerly a Tibetan royal capital-and the nearby temple complex of Thõling, west of Mount Kailash.

THE SHATTERED PEARL Color. 25 minutes; 1991. Director: Nimal and Ranjani Mendis
Formerly known as the Pearl of the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka is now torn by civil war among Sinhala, Tamil, and Muslim factions. Through interviews with members of womens groups that formed to offer support to the victims of violence, the video tells of the determination of the survivors.

SHERPAS Color. 53 minutes; 1977. Producer: Sherry Ortner The anthropologist Sherry Ortner examines the lives of three brothers-a farmer, a Buddhist monk, and an expedition guide-from the Himalayan village of Thami, home of Sir Edmund Hillarys guide to the summit of Mount Everest.

SINGING BETWEEN TWO WORLDS Color. 26 minutes; 2003. Director: Ian Hardy
A warm portrait of one of the most revered musical families in India, in which the cherished tradition of dhrupad vocal music is passed on from father to son. It presents for the first time on film an in-depth look at the musical training fundamental to this special music.

SIXTEEN DECISIONS Color. 59 minutes; 2000. Producer: Gayle Ferraro
Sixteen Decisions refers to a 16-point social charter developed by poor Bangladeshi women and instituted by the Grameen Bank to encourage fundamental community and personal change. This film focuses on the everyday life of 18-year-old Selina, one of the 2.5 million impoverished women who are building a stronger rural economy through small businesses they start with loans from the Grameen Bank.

SOUND OF WISDOM: A FESTIVAL OF SACRED CHANT Color. 57 minutes; 1987. Director and Producer: Robyn Brentano
A meeting of Tibetan and Western musical traditions at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. Eleven Buddhist monks of the Gyuto Tantric College, each of them capable of chanting a three-note chord, perform ritual chants, accompanied by traditional Tibetan instruments. The Western performers are David Hykes and the Harmonic Choir, Pauline Oliveros, and Terry Riley.

THE STAKES OF ISLAM: THE PERILOUS VALLEY OF CENTRAL ASIA Color. 52 minutes; 2003 Producer: Karel Procop
The Fergana Valley, a fertile plain rich in gas deposits in Central Asia is populated by more than a hundred million inhabitants in Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kirgizstan. This film takes an in-depth look at the Islamic fundamentalist threat in this strategic region.

TALES OF PABUJI: A RAJASTHANI TRADITION Color. 32 minutes; 1996. Producer: Bhopo Productions
Explores the 600 year tradition in Rajasthan of the epic of Lord Pabuji, patron saint of camel herders, and the everyday life of the Rebaris of Rajasthan.

TANTRA OF GYUTO Color. 52 minutes; 1985.
Tibetan Buddhist monks use sound to effect a specific change in the individual and his environment. Reversing their centuries-old practice of secrecy, they have allowed certain chants to be heard.

TEYYAM: THE ANNUAL VISIT OF THE GOD VISHNUMURTI Color. 57 minutes; 1998. Producer: Erik de Maaker
Annual ritual in northern Kerala allow ritual specialists to take the shape of various gods worshiped during the Teyyam season (December through March). This particular video illustrates the honoring of the god Vishnumurti, one of the few occasions that brings different castes of the Hindu community together.

THATS WHY I’M WORKING Color. 53 minutes; 1999. Director: Maarten Schmidt, Thomas Doebele
Families in the slums of Dacca, Bangladesh are so poor that any income, even the pittance paid to child workers, is important for survival. This film follows children to their world outside school, to their homes and work, where they behave like adults, fully aware of their contribution to the family income. Speaking in their own words, the children share their worries but also their dreams for the future.

TIBET: THE BAMBOO CURTAIN FALLS Color & b/w. 50 minutes; 1981.
This riveting film, a companion to Tibet: The Lost Mystery, uses Chinese and Tibetan sources to document the history of Tibet from the Chinese invasion in the 1950s to the 1979 visit of the first delegation of the Tibetan government in exile.

TIBET: THE LOST MYSTERY Color & b/w. 50 minutes; 1981.
This highly acclaimed film uses archive films from 1929 to 1949 to document life in Tibet from the first British diplomatic missions to the Chinese takeover and subsequent exile of many Tibetans.

A video field trip, by David Howell of the U.S. Geological Survey, that blends geological history with glimpses of Tibetan culture.

THE TIBETAN BOOK OF THE DEAD Color. (2x45) minutes; 1994. Producer: NHK/NHk Creative of Japan, Mistral Film of France.
A comprehensive examination of a Tibetan Buddhist text traditionally read aloud to dying persons; filmed in Ladakh; narrated by the singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen. Part 1: A Way of Life gives a historical and cultural overview, including rituals performed for a recently deceased Ladakhi elder, and examines use of the text in hospices in Europe and North America. It also includes an interview with the Dalai Lama concerning the books meaning and importance. Part 2: The Great Liberation examines the content and teachings of the book in detail. The progress of a recently deceased persons mental consciousness is envisioned both through footage of a sequence of traditional rituals and through animation by Ishu Patel.

TIBETAN MEDICINE Color. 29 minutes; 1985. Producer: Sheldon Rochlin, Mikki Maher
Filmed in the Himalayas at the only remaining center for Tibetan medicine. Tibets first woman doctor shows how she makes medicines and uses them to heal both the physical and the psychic by treating the patient rather than the disease.

THE TRIALS OF TELO RINPOCHE Color. 49 minutes; 1994.
Tells the story of Eddie Omdaykow, an American from Philadelphia who was recognized by the Dalai Lama to be the reincarnation of Telo Rinpoche. Brought up as a Tibetan Buddhist monk in India since he was a child, now at 21 he has returned to his ancestral homeland in a souther Russian republic, Kalmykia, where he is revered by the people as their spiritual leader and is expected to revive the practice of Buddhism there.

The essentials of Jainism are presented during a pilgrimage, by American students of the Jain master Munishri Chitrabhanu, to the main Jain temples of India.

TWO TIBETAN BUDDHIST NUNNERIES Color. 30 minutes; 1986. Producer: Meridian Trust
Documents life in the only two nunneries in the Tibetan exile community and examines the status of Tibetan Buddhist nunneries today and their possible preservation for the future.

VALLEY OF THE GODS: WORSHIP IN KATMANDU Color. 48 minutes; 1995. Producer: Bobby Chettre, Nepal TV
Captures the celebration of religious traditions in elaborate ceremonies in Katmandu. Most of the population participates in these festivals, which stem from Hindu, Buddhist, and Muslim faiths and are sometimes intertwined.

VILLAGE MAN, CITY MAN Color. 38 minutes; 1975.
Views of the daily life of a young mill worker in Delhi and his return visit to his native village suggest that the dichotomous modern/traditional model of change may not apply in India.

THE VISUALIZATION OF PADMASAMBHAVA Color. 30 minutes; 1983. Producer: Institute for Advanced Studies of World Religions
A traditional meditation according to the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism.

A VOICE FROM HEAVEN: NUSRAT FATEH ALI KHAN Color; DVD format. 75 minutes; 2001. Producer: Giuseppe Asaro, Alessandro Storza, Shafiq Saddiqui, et al.
Filmed in Pakistan, India, Canada and the United States, A Voice from Heaven is a tribute to one of the most beautiful voices in this century: Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, the king of Qawwali. The story interweaves excellent Nusrat performance footage and a rare behind the scene glimpse into Nusrats life.

VOICES OF THE PEOPLE Color. 30 minutes; 1978.
A film of the 1977 elections, in which Indira Gandhi was overthrown and a Janata government took over.

VRNDAVAN, LAND OF KRISHNA Color. 24 minutes; no date.
The myth of Krishnas early life in this idyllic, pastoral land. The film includes rare footage of local temples images of Krishna, as well as scenes of the busy pilgrimage seasons.

Everyday religious practices in a village near Varanasi: a brahman priest conducts a puja; a housewife explains how she maintains her kitchens ritual purity.

WAR AND PEACE Color. 180 minutes; 2001. Director: Anand Patwardhan
Filmed over three tumultuous years in India, Pakistan, Japan and the United States, after the 1998 nuclear tests on the Indian subcontinent, this film documents the current, epic journey of peace activism in the face of global militarism and war.

WE ARE NOT YOUR MONKEYS, OCCUPATION: MILLWORKER Color. 5 minutes; 20 minutes; 1996. Director: A. Patwardhan
The music video of We are Not Your Monkeys , a song composed by Daya Pawar and sung by Sambhaji Bhagat, offers a lower caste perspective on the Ramayana story of Hindu legend. Occupation: Millworker , shot on amateur video, records the courageous action taken by workers who, after a four-year lockout by the management, forcibly reoccupied their mill.

WE HOME CHAPS Color. 50 minutes; 2003 Director: Kesang Tseten
A boarding school reunion high in the Himalayas is the setting for this multi- layered portrait of a culturally diverse group at midlife. Their alma mater was the Homes, a boarding school that began as an orphanage in British colonial times, and over time morphed into an elite institution for the children of diplomats and businessmen working in Asia.

WEDDING OF THE GODDESS Color. 76 minutes total; 1976.
Part I gives the historical background of the Chittirai festival of the city of Madurai, South India, in which the marriage of the goddess Minakshi to the god Sundareshvara (the beautiful Lord, Shiva), is re-enacted yearly. Part II follows the events of the nineteen-day festival, including the re-enactment of the goddesss coronation and marriage. There are scenes of public and private worship, as well as interviews with participants.

THE WHEEL OF LIFE Color. 30 minutes; 1991. Producer: Ed Bastian/Educational Communications, Inc.
Focuses on a Tibetan Buddhist painting of a wheel held in the jaws of Death; its iconography traditionally used to teach the types of happy and bad rebirth in the round of death and rebirth, as well as the causes of suffering.

WOMEN IN BANGLADESH: TASLIMA NASREEN Color. 23 minutes; 1995. Producer: Journeyman Pictures
An interview with the Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen, forced into hiding by a decree of Islamic leaders who called for her death because of her demands for more freedom for women in Bangladesh. The female premier of Bangladesh, Begum Zia, is also represented.

WOMEN AND ISLAM Color. 30 minutes; 1994.
Leila Ahmed, professor of womens studies at Amherst, argues the case for revision of the widely-held views in the Islamic world about the role of women, using examples from history and the role played by women in the contemporary world. She explains the origin of the veil, and discusses the issue of marriage and womens rights within marriage.

THE WOMENS BANK OF BANGLADESH Color. 47 minutes; 1997.
Documents the philosophy, development and function of the Grameen Bank loan program to women in small businesses, including the contention by Islamic leaders and most males that the banks policy is contrary to Islamic law. .

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Clemons Library Indian Video Collection

Also see the Indian Video collectionat Clemons library. Clemons Library at the University of Virginia has a collection of about 2000 Indian feature films and television programs on NTSC VHS videocassettes. This collection is available fo r normal circulation to students, faculty and staff at UVa. The collection is also available for Interlibrary Loan to other Universities.