History Hour 70 – “To the awakening – Indian film theory” by Fr. Gaston Roberge S.J. held on Wednesday, 30th November 2011.

In this age of fierce globalization it is high time that we formulate ‘The Indian Film Theory‘, a theory that informs the films that Gaston Roberge calls Indian folk-movies, seen and enjoyed more than once by millions of Indians over a long period of time. Roberge discussed the reasons why that theory has not been formulated so far, the main reason being the class mentality. He proposed a pedagogy of the media oppressed comprising seven steps of self-education for liberation.

Fr. Gaston Roberge SJ is an acclaimed media critic and film scholar. Having pursued an MA in Theatre Art (Film), University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), Fr Roberge, in collaboration with Satyajit Ray, founded the Chitrabani — the only independent film library in Kolkata. He has authored several books and contributed with many articles to different publications on cinema. His book Communication Cinema Development: From Morosity to Hope won the National Award (special mention) at the 46th National Film Festival of India in 1999. Fr Gaston Roberge SJ continues to be senior most faculty member at the Department of Mass Communication and Videography at St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata. He is one of the pioneers who initiated, cultivated and nurtured the film academia in this country.

Fr. Gaston Roberge S.J.
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