The Magic Valley Arts Council, Idaho Humanities Council and Independent Television Service for the Indie Lens Pop-Up Free Film Screening of Meet the Patels at 6:30 pm on Thursday, December 7, 2016 in the Sligar Auditorium of the Twin Falls Center for the Arts, 195 River Vista Place, Twin Falls. Ravi is almost 30, an actor, and, worst of all to his traditional Hindu parents, still unmarried. Meet the Patels is a true-life romantic comedy explores the influences of culture, identify and family relationships. Filmed by Ravi’s sister, Geeta, in what started as a family vacation video, this warmly humorous film filled with unique animation and a soulful soundtrack reveals how, for a Patel, love is truly a family affair.
A moderated discussion led by Matt Reynolds, College of Southern Idaho Associate Professor of Sociology, will immediately follow the film.
An East Indian meal will be served at 6 pm. The cost is $5 per person.
Fresh out of a breakup with the white girlfriend his parents didn’t know existed and freaked out that he’s almost 30 and still single, Ravi goes on a family vacation to India, open minded about finding love in a traditional way but there’s a catch: in his family, everyone has the last name Patel. Patels marry other Patels. It’s not incest it just means they are from the same 50-square mile radius in India. As the marriages of his Patel family and friends all seem overwhelmingly happy, Ravi plunges into the foolproof Patel matchmaking system and embarks on a worldwide search for the perfect American Patel woman.
Meet the Patels has won the Audience Award at the Los Angles Film Festival and both Best Documentary and Founders Grand Prize at the Traverse City Film Festival.
Indie Lens Pop-Up is a nation-wide documentary film series offering groundbreaking public education and civic engagement initiatives featuring screenings of films from the Emmy award-winning PBS television series Independent Lens. Sponsored by Independent Television Service, Idaho Humanities Council and Magic Valley Arts Council, the films explore the human experience and timely subject matter, allowing viewers to engage in post-screening, moderated dialog.
For more information call the MVAC at 734-ARTS (2787).