Written and directed by Gauri Shinde as a tribute to Shinde’s mother, the film follows the main character, Shashi, a woman who feels limited by her lack of understanding English. Moving past her insecurities, she signs up for English classes during a trip to New York, then reconnects with family in a healthier way. As one critic notes, “….there’s grit…tempered with compassion and dignity.”
Sponsored by Mrs. Rita and Mr. Bal Sareen, English Vinglish is presented by Calcasieu Cinema International, a branch of the Council for International Concerns, in partnership with McNeese State University’s Office of Diversity, Banners Cultural Series, Arts and Humanities Council of Southwest Louisiana, Lake Area Psychiatry, The Hearing Center, and Common Ground/CultureFestLouisiana.
The audience is invited to join in a guided discussion afterward, which will be led by Dr. Ram Nileshwar and Ms. Ankita Choudhary. A taste of Indian food will be shared, and free popcorn and drinks are provided. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.