ASRS - Salam documentary - Anand Kamalakar

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Archives Screenings and Readings Series

A series framed around film screenings and readings with historical context. 

Salam - The First ****** Nobel Laureate
Screening of documentary about the Nobel prize winning Pakistani physicist, Abdus Salam.
Followed by discussion with the director, Anand Kamalakar

Wednesday, Jan 22, 2020. 4:00pm.
Lecture Hall - 1, NCBS.
Followed by a Q & A with the director, Anand Kamalakar

Salam - The First ****** Nobel Laureate

"Salam" is a feature length documentary about the Nobel prize winning Pakistani physicist, Abdus Salam. The film reveals the extraordinary life of the charismatic Abdus Salam, in all its color, vitality and tragedy. It is the story of a man who traversed two worlds with ease: one of science and religion, modernity and tradition, war and peace and obscurity and celebrity. When he won the Nobel prize in 1979, he became the very first Pakistani to achieve this distinction, and only the fourth from the subcontinent. Born in 1926 in a remote village in Punjab, British India, Salam was a child prodigy. He came from humble beginnings, growing up in a small brick house with a large family of eleven. While Salam's legacy looms large in the world of physics, he is largely forgotten in Pakistan because of his faith. Children do not read about him and he is still vilified and maligned by right wing clerics for being a "Qadiani"-a derogatory term for someone belonging to the Ahmadiyya community. By telling this complex story of a man who due to extremism could not strengthen his people as he so deeply desired, the film draws attention to the state of affairs in the world today, where knowledge is sacrificed at the altar of ignorance and intolerance, depriving the coming generation of all that is precious.


Director bio:
Anand Kamalakar is a Brooklyn based documentary film director, producer and editor. The Gowanus Canal (Winner, Best Film, Brooklyn Film Festival), Chief Engineer Conrad, Citizen Sharma, Building Bridges, 300 Miles to Freedom, Garwin, Holy (un)Holy River, and Salam are some of the films he has directed.

His latest film, Salam - The first ***** Nobel Laureate, has screened in over thirty cities around the world and has won a number of international awards. 

Heart of Stone,  a film he produced and edited, won over ten awards including Best Film  at Slamdance Film Festival, Philadelphia Film Festival, and Cinequest  Film Festival. It also won an award for Best Editing at the Santa Fe  Film Festival. Anand worked as an editor for Primetime (ABC), Dateline (NBC) and 20/20 (ABC) and was the editor of the 2004 Emmy nominated ABC special on the Iraq war titled Brothers in Arms. Anand was also a creative consultant on the academy award-winning documentary Born Into Brothels. Holy (un)Holy River,  a film he co-directed and edited, premiered at the Telluride Mountain  Film Festival and has won several awards around the world. 

He  is the co-founder of the Brooklyn based arts company, Trilok Fusion  Arts, Inc. and Trilok Fusion Media. He has also taught as an adjunct  professor at Syracuse University , School of Visual Arts, New York and recently at Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema, Brooklyn College, CUNY.