Fri October 15, 2021 7:30 PM


$8.00 (member) ; $13.00 (general admission)

Aero Theatre | Q&A with filmmaker Deepa Mehta, moderated by USC School of Cinematic Arts professor Mary Sweeney

Plus virtual introduction by filmmaker Karyn Kusama



MIDNIGHT’S CHILDREN, 2012, 108 Media/Paladin, 146 min. Dir. Deepa Mehta

Adapted by Salman Rushdie from his acclaimed novel (the world-renowned author also serves as the film’s narrator), director Deepa Mehta’s epic saga follows two lives that are mysteriously intertwined – Saleem Sinai, the bastard child of a beggar woman, and Shiva, the only son of a wealthy couple. Switched at birth in a Bombay hospital on the night India became independent from Great Britain, Saleem and Shiva find themselves on opposite sides of many a conflict (whether due to class, politics, romantic rivalry or shifting borders) in the decades that follow. Full of heartbreak, hope, comedy, tragedy and a considerable amount of magic, MIDNIGHT’S CHILDREN conjures characters and images as rich and unforgettable as the vast nation it celebrates.


BEEBA BOYS, 2015, Mongrel Media, 103 min. Dir. Deepa Mehta

Deepa Mehta mixes guns, bhangra beats, bespoke suits, cocaine and betrayal in BEEBA BOYS: an adrenaline-charged portrait of an Indo-Canadian gang war, depicting an exciting and violent clash of culture and crime. Gang leader Jeet Johar (Randeep Hooda) and his young, loyal, and brutal crew dress like peacocks, love attention and openly compete with an old-style Indo crime syndicate to take over the Vancouver underground drug and gun industries. Blood is spilled, hearts are broken and family bonds are shattered as the Beeba Boys (the “nice boys”) will do anything to be seen and to be feared, in a white world.