Pagdi: The Honour

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In Brief: Rajeev Batia's Pagdi: The Honour is an Indian film and the winner of the 22nd annual Twin Rivers Media Festival in Asheville. If you are unfamiliar with the Twin Rivers Festival, that's hardly surprising. It has been almost completely ignored by local media. Yet for a very small film festival, it's managed to keep going far longer than any other, larger film festival. And, as has often been the case in the past, this year's winning film is a notch or two (or more) above the entries of most small festivals. Oh, they've had better films, but Pagdi: The Honour almost makes up for this because of its combination of technical accomplishment (apart from an old-fashioned reliance on fade-outs) and the fact that it gives a look — without any pandering to Western sensibilities — into Indian society we rarely see. The story is fairly simple. It's basically a kind of Romeo and Juliet affair (minus the tragedy) about the "unsuitable" love between two young people from different classes, but the story matters less than the way it's presented. In addition to the feature winners, the festival continues the following day, Sept. 12 with Documentary winners: 1 p.m.-3 p.m; Experimental winners:  3 p.m.-4 p.m.; Short Drama winners:  4 p.m.-6 p.m.; and more Short Drama and Animation winners: 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
Director: Rajeev Bhatia
Starring: Yashpal Sharma, Baljinder Kaur, Ravi Chauhan, Daksh Mahotra, Nidhi Mahla
Rated: NR

Classic World Cinema by Courtyard Gallery will present Pagdi: The Honour Friday, Sept. 11 at 8 p.m. at Phil Mechanic Studios, 109 Roberts St., River Arts District (upstairs in the Railroad Library).  Info: 273-3332,

About Ken Hanke
Head film critic for Mountain Xpress from December 2000 until his death in June 2016. Author of books "Ken Russell's Films," "Charlie Chan at the Movies," "A Critical Guide to Horror Film Series," "Tim Burton: An Unauthorized Biography of the Filmmaker."

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