Beyond Bollywood - The Cinema of India
Shelly Isaacs

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Discover and enjoy what makes India the world’s biggest and most diverse cinematic cultural treasure, bringing into focus classic and contemporary stories teeming with vibrant sounds and colors highlighted by compelling characters both great and small.
1. The Pool – 2007 - In the opulent hills of Goa, a young boy in abject poverty works in a hotel and becomes obsessed with a swimming pool he sees from a tree. His life gets turned upside-down when he meets the mysterious family who owns the swimming pool.
2. The Music Room – 1958 - The great Satyajit Ray’s defining work brilliantly evokes the crumbling opulence of the world of a fallen aristocrat desperately clinging to his way of life.
3. Water – 2005 –An Academy Award nominee set during the time of Ghandi, this turbulent, touching story focuses on a group of widows forced to live in poverty, and how three of them seek to escape the social restrictions imposed on them.
4. Barfi – 2012 – Spectacular cinematography and powerful performances highlight a story set in the 1970s in a pretty corner of India, where three very different people learn that love can neither be defined nor contained by society's norms.
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Shelly Isaacs is known for his Cafe Cinematheque and Senses of Cinema programs available in theatres throughout South Florida.  He has enjoyed a career as a creative director/writer in advertising, spanning over 30 years, with an emphasis on film, TV and radio production.  Shelly holds an MA in Media Ecology Studies from New York University, where he served as an Adjunct Professor in graduate-level Cultural Studies. Presently, he teaches foreign-language film appreciation in the Lifelong Learning Society (LLS) at Florida ​Atlantic University (FAU)​ – Boca Raton. Since 2004, he has been the curator and host for the International Film Series at the Boca Raton Museum of Art. In 2009, Shelly launched Cinematheque at Sea, offering audiences who appreciate foreign-language film an opportunity to experience his program of specially-selected films while on a luxury cruise.

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Date: Mondays, March 17, 24, 31; April 7
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: $34 member / $54 non-member