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Directed by Chaitanya Tamhane

India 2015 116 mins.

Winner of top prizes at the Venice and Mumbai film festivals, Tamhane’s film is a quietly devastating, absurdist portrait of injustice, caste prejudice, and venal politics in contemporary India. An elderly folksinger and grassroots organizer is arrested on a trumped-up charge and his trial is a ridiculous and harrowing display of institutional incompetence, with endless procedural delays, coached witnesses for the prosecution, and obsessive privileging of arcane colonial law over reason and mercy. With a cast made up mostly of non-actors, Court tells a stirring story of class politics, bureaucracy, and justice that winningly captures the societal complexity and contradiction.

Sponsored by the Oregon State Bar International Law Section.



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