Film screening: For the Love of a Man

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Space 2435 North Quad



Joyojeet Pal

As part of the UMSI Bicentennial Symposium, UMSI presents a special screening of For the Love of a Man, a documentary film produced by assistant professor Joyojeet Pal. Pal will discuss the film over lunch on Friday, October 6, at 12:30 pm in the East Room, Rackham Graduate School.

For the Love of a Man follows fans of 'superstar' Rajnikanth, whose fandom often becomes integral to their identities and those of people around them. The visual ethic of fandom and star mimicry reveal a form of star worship that is unique to Indian cinema culture. The lives of fans and their families open us to themes of brotherhood, aspiration, political affiliation, or even just means of being noticed. From bankruptcies to reformations from lives of crime, the lives of the fans offer stories that range from the heroic to the horrific, all in a day's work of turning a film star into a deity.

For the Love of a Man premiered at the Venice Film Festival in September 2015, and was shown at the Mumbai and Dubai Film Festivals of 2015.

View the trailer.