Cracking “Earth”: Bapsi Sidhwa Speaks

South Asian American Author Explores How the Legacies of Ethnic Violence Live On

Friday, April 21, 2000, 7pm
@Tishman Auditorium, NYU Law School
40 Washington Square South (at MacDougal, one block east of 6th Ave)

Bapsi Sidwa is the author of Cracking India, on which Deepa Mehta’s recent acclaimed film Earth is based. Sidwa will be joined by author Tahira Naqvi to dialogue on women’s historical memory, India’s 1947 Partition and its effects on South Asian American communities, and the process of adapting a novel to film.

Cracking India and Earth are set during British India’s 1947 Partition (“Independence”) into India and Pakistan, a holocaust which cost the lives of over 1 million people and uprooted 11 million more. It is an epic story of romance and friendship see through the eyes of a Parsi child. Earth was India’s official selection of the 1999 Academy Awards.