The Namesake movie showing this Sunday

On October 5th at 1 PM, we’ll be showing the movie version of The Namesake, starring Kal Penn.

Here are some reviews of the film to whet your appetite:

Roger Ebert:The Namesake tells a story that is the story of all immigrant groups in America: Parents of great daring arriving with dreams, children growing up in a way that makes them almost strangers, the old culture merging with the new. It has been said that all modern Russian literature came out of Gogol’s “Overcoat.” In the same way, all of us came out of the overcoat of this same immigrant experience.”

Claudia Puig from USA Today: “Nair has taken a fascinating piece of literature and woven a rich cultural tapestry for the screen. The Namesake elicits laughter and tears in its profound and emotionally resonant family portrait.”

Ty Burr from The Boston Globe:The Namesake has a deep, alluvial poetry to it, like a mighty river reaching the sea. It’s mysterious and ordinary, insightful and banal, rambling and precise, and it is altogether unexpected.”

This movie screening will be hosted by Project Literacy, and will feature a discussion after at 3:30 PM, led by Watertown’s Anne Benaquist.  Anne Benaquist is an adjunct instructor of English as a Second Language at MassBay Community College and at Showa Boston. She has also taught literature and film courses at Lassell Village and ESL to foreign post-docs and researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She has a masters degree in linguistics and education from Syracuse University and edited textbooks for many years.

Benaquist’s ESL classes and literature/film classes have included reading and viewing many compelling stories about immigrant experiences, including The Namesake. She is delighted to facilitate discussion of Jhumpa Lahiri’s renowned story.

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