Satyajit Ray’s Pather Panchali

Apr 1 - 29


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Sun, Apr 1 to Sun, Apr 29

Presented with Silkscreen

In 2018, PF/PCA and Silkscreen will be exploring some of the most important films from the past 70 years in Asian cinema, including the classic directors that brought Asian films to American audiences for the first time, and more recent classics that show Asia’s central role in global cinema. A new film will be presented each month with an introduction by local experts and enthusiasts.

Sundays at 6pm, Apr 8, 15, 22, 29
Apr 8 introduction by Kuhu Tanvir
PhD Student in Film Studies, University of Pittsburgh


Satyajit Ray’s 1955 debut of Pather Panchali introduced an eloquent and important new cinematic voice that made itself heard all over the world. A depiction of rural Bengali life in a style inspired by Italian neorealism, this naturalistic but poetic evocation of a number of years in the life of a family introduces us to both little Apu and, just as essentially, the women who will help shape him: his independent older sister, Durga; his harried mother, Sarbajaya, who, with her husband away, must hold the family together; and his kindly and mischievous elderly “auntie,” Indir—vivid, multifaceted characters all. With resplendent photography informed by its young protagonist’s perpetual sense of discovery, Pather Panchali, which won an award for Best Human Document at Cannes, is an immersive cinematic experience and a film of elemental power.  Satyajit Ray, India, 1955, 2h 5min

The series is co-presented with Silk Screen, a Pittsburgh arts and culture organization that advocates for diversity and promotes Asian and Asian-American arts in Pittsburgh. Our events include monthly series of film and music, and a 10-day long Asian American Film Festival in September. To learn more, visit silkscreenfestival.orgto learn more about us and subscribe to our newsletter.