19:00 to 21:00
End date
23 October 2017
Leonard Wolfson Auditorium, Wolfson College, Linton Rd, Oxford OX2 6UD
Monday, 23 October 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm


Free Film Screening: Court

With an introduction by Mayur Suresh, expert on India's anti-terror law, SOAS


To mark the 70th anniversary of the Partition of India, we take a look at the legacy of colonialism through the Indian justice system, with this Winner of Best Feature Film at the National Film Awards. 

Court is a funny and understated depiction of the trial of an ageing folk singer, facing the absurd accusation of having performed an inflammatory song that may have incited the suicide of a sewage worker.

Inspired by the incarceration of a musician and activist wrongfully accused of taking part in the Chilkari massacre in 2007, director Chaitanya Tamhane won the Lion of the Future award at the Venice Film Festival for this quiet critique of India's controversial sedition law, introduced by the British during the independence struggle and revived under today's Hindu nationalist government.

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Mayur Suresh, anti-terror law expert at SOAS, will give an introductory talk to accompany the screening. Dr Suresh specializes in terrorism cases in Delhi’s trial courts. Previously, he practised law in Delhi, and was a part of the legal team in the Naz Foundation case that successfully challenged India’s anti-homosexuality law in the Delhi High Court, and which was defended in the Supreme Court.


Praise for Court

Sardonic delight: Chaitanya Tamhane’s funny-cautionary picture of justice at work in Mumbai, is a Robert Altmanish human comedy

Financial Times

a masterpiece: one of the best films of the year


Tamane and his team deserve a place at the high table of international cinema

Sight & Sound