A River's Story: Quest for Brahmaputra

Association for India’s Development Presents

North East – Film Screening and Discussion
A Rivers’ Story – The Quest for the Bramhmaputra

- a film by Sanjoy Hazarika and Jahnu Barua

followed by discussion on issues related to North East with Sanjoy Hazarika
Prominent journalist and author of "Strangers in the Mist: Tales of War and Peace from India’s North East."

Date & Time: Sunday, April 20th, 3:30pm
Venue: Physics Auditorium (Room 1412),
University of Maryland, College Park

Come join us to learn about the North East –a land that most of us know little about.

This screening is a part of AID’s effort to raise awareness and further developmental work in the North East. For more information contact tulika@aidindia.org.

**Your donations towards covering the cost of producing the film will be welcome at the screening! **

Tea and snacks will be available at the screening.

About the film: A River’s Story, the Quest for the Brahmaputra, is a 54-minute documentary directed by Jahnu Barua, one of India’s most accomplished film makers. It takes a sympathetic look at the river and its people, the ecosystems that it nourishes, as well as its history, geography and the cultures and livelihoods of the communities who live there.

One river, three nations, many cultures.

Filmed on location in Tibet, North East India and Bangladesh, A River’s Story tells the stories of communities through their own perspectives. The Brahmaputra is one of the world’s least known and documented rivers but among its most powerful, affecting tens of millions of people along its long and tumultuous course. Both Barua and Sanjoy Hazarika, former New York Times reporter and author, are from the region and bring a sensitive approach to the issues related to the river.

About the Speaker: Sanjoy Hazarika reported for The New York Times out of South Asia between 1981-to-1996. Born in Shillong, Hazarika studied at St. Edmunds’ School there and studied journalism and printing at London. His work formed part of The Times’ nomination for a Pulitzer in 1984. He is Visiting Professor at the Center for Policy Research, an independent think-tank in New Delhi, and has started the Center for North East Studies and Policy Research, which works in the NE region. Hazarika is Consulting Editor of The Statesman and publishes the NE Page every Saturday; he also makes documentary films and has made a television series on the Brahmaputra, apart from the River’s Story and other films.

He is the author of five books, including the acclaimed Strangers of the Mist, tales of war and peace from India’s North East; Rites of Passage: border crossings, imagined homelands, India’s East and Bangladesh; Bhopal: lessons of a tragedy.

About AID: AID is a volunteer organization that works with committed organizations in India toward achieving developmental goals for the poor. Our projects cover all aspects of development including women’s empowerment, education, health, sanitation, people’s rights etc. We are run completely by volunteers who are students and professionals. To join our efforts please come to our meetings at Room 1219 Physics Building, University of Maryland, College Park. To learn more about us visit www.aidindia.org.

DIRECTIONS TO THE LOCATION: Take exit 25A, route 1 South from capital beltway. Keeping going on route 1 for several lights. At campus drive (first big crossing with two dedicated left turns), take a right to enter the university. At the first stop sign and round about, take a right. Then take the first left and immediate right to enter the parking garage. Park free on Sunday. Walk across the road to enter physics building.

Tulika Narayan (tulika@aidindia.org)