But Where Are You Really From?

The Namesake

+ live spoken-word performance

A family drama of tangled ties between generations and their struggle to belong.

Image from The Namesake + live spoken-word performance

UK 2006
Dir Mira Nair
With Kal Penn, Irrfan Khan, Tabu, Jacinda Barret
122min
35mm
Certificate 12A

After moving to Massachusetts from Calcutta, the Gangulis name their son Gogol in homage to a writer they hold dear, but as Gogol grows up he struggles to identify with the name and the foreignness of his parent’s heritage alongside his own American identity. Hobbling along a first-generation path, he encounters conflicts in loyalty but also love and warmth, leading to a feeling of power and place within his birth-name.

This screening will be introduced by three young poets who will explore names as a source of both power and significance.

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