A Documentary Screening on the Bengal Famine of 1943
This screening is in collaboration with the Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival 2018
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building (NAB), LSE
Date/Time: Friday, 22 June, 6:30-8 pm
Directors: Joy Banerjee and Partho Bhattacharya. Duration: 48 minutes; Languages: English & French. Watch the trailer here.
Discussants: Amartya Sen and Tirthankar Roy
Chair: Mukulika Banerjee
'Bengal Shadows' is about the 1943 famine in Bengal, India which led to the death of 3-5 million people. Several historian, researchers and scholars have argued that the role of then British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and more generally, Britain’s imperial war-time policies, is central to this, and that it was in effect a ‘man-made’ tragedy. The documentary features conversations with historians and researchers, along with those who have seen this tragedy unfold.
Amartya Sen is Thomas W Lamont University Professor, and Professor of Economics & Philosophy, Harvard University.
Tirthankar Roy is Professor of Economic History at LSE.
Mukulika Banerjee (@MukulikaB) is Director of the South Asia Centre, and Associate Professor in Anthropology at LSE.
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Image credit: Still from Bengal Shadows.