The British Empire in Color, Part I
2002,UK, Lucy Carter, 49 min.
Post-screening discussion with professor of history at CUNY, Ravi Kalia.
A documentary in three parts, The British Empire in Color provides an in-depth look at the history of the British Empire, considering the perspective of both the ruled and the rulers.
Part one of the series explores British rule in India, and the struggle for independence, led by Gandhi and his followers. This first episode captures all the pomp and pageantry of the ruling class, and the hardships faced by those who were not. Eventually, India achieves her independence which leaves Britain tired and fearful of what the future may bring.
Ravi Kalia is a Professor of History at The City College New York/CUNY, and Board Member of AAARI (CUNY). A graduate of the University of Delhi (BA Hons., MA) and University of California-Los Angeles (MBA, PhD), Prof. Kalia specializes in South Asian studies, with a focus on urban-architectural history in colonial and post-colonial India, as well as in conflicts, militancy and international wars in the region. He is the recipient of three Fulbright scholarships and numerous other research awards. He has contributed articles to journals and newspapers and authored several books, most recently Pakistan: From the Rhetoric of Democracy to the Rise of Militancy (2011). His Pakistan Labyrinths will be released later this fall by Rout-ledge.
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