Broken Memory, Shining Dust, which was screened in December at an event co-sponsored by the Harvard University Asia Center and the South Asia Institute, is a documentary directed by Nilosree Biswas that depicts the extraordinary journey of Kashmiri women experiencing loss, separation, pain, anger, helplessness, faith, grit and determination amidst societal tragedies and circumstances. SAI recently spoke to Biswas from her base in Mumbai about the “women in wait,” as well as Kashmir’s unique culture, the effects of political conflict on women, and a filmmaker’s role in depicting a conflict area. Read more.
If you missed the inaugural Stanley J. Tambiah Lecture in Thai Studies that we presented earlier this fall, you can catch it on video now. Professor Katherine A. Bowie of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, led the talk on "The Politics of Rituals: Humor and the Vicissitudes of the Vessantara Jataka in Thailand." Watch the video.