bricklane08-05-31Zócalo at the Harmony Gold Theatre in Hollywood.

Wednesday, June 4, 7:30 pm is a Screening and Conversation with Director Sarah Gavron and Actress Tannishtha Chatterjee, moderated by Los Angeles Times columnist Meghan Daum.

Monica Ali’s novel “Brick Lane” was a literary debut not only for the author, but also for London’s Bangladeshi community. It told the story of teenage Nazneen, who leaves her home country and her sister behind to marry a much older man and take up residence on the eponymous street which has enough Bangladeshi immigrants and curry houses to be known as Banglatown. “Brick Lane” tells a classic immigrant story featuring a community never before portrayed in a major British literary novel. But with all the acclaim came controversy among Bangladeshis, and among literary lights like Germaine Greer, who claimed their community was portrayed too negatively. Now, Sarah Gavron makes her feature film debut with her adaptation of the tale, featuring Indian indie actress Tannishtha Chatterjee. After a screening, Gavron and Chatterjee visit Zócalo to discuss the film and the immigrant experience it captures.

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