Deepa’s Impact

Fear is an emotion so powerful it can ignite confrontation, hypercritical politics, domineering religion, and violence. Sounds like a perfect recipe for a cinematic trilogy. Filmmaker and Canadian resident Deepa Mehta holds her native India close to her heart. In the spirit of challenging tradition, she created the “Elements” trilogyFire, Earth, and Water – movies that explore, with love and candor, her homeland’s blind traditions and fears. Her first installment, Fire, reveals characters finding freedom through their inner desires. Her second in the series, Earth, is a love story embedded in still-simmering religious intolerance as seen through the eyes of a young Parsee girl. Her conclusion, Water, finds hope among the outcasts in India’s traditional widow houses. Experience the “Elements” throughout August at the Miami Beach Cinematheque. Earth will be screened tonight at 8:30, and tickets cost ten dollars. Call 305-673-4567, or visit
Sat., Aug. 19


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