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 theElements trilogy
movies that explore, with love and candor, her homelands 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 Indias 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
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