Courses and Workshops

Cinema of South Asia

Abhijeet Paul
Thursday, Jun. 6, 2024, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM (PT)
Repeats every Thursday until Thursday, Jun. 27, 2024
Price: $120.00
41 slots available

Arms of bejeweled women holding onto their colorful saris

South Asia is home to Bollywood as well as many national and regional cinemas. Take a dive deep into mainstream (Bollywood/Hindi cinema) and regional cinema covering a wide range of genres: drama and narrative, musicals, romance/romcom, social, arthouse, and more — a rich and revelatory visual feast of South Asian cinema that will inspire an appreciation of South Asian cultures overall.


Faculty Bio

Abhijeet Paul is a Continuing Lecturer in South and Southeast Asian Studies at UC Berkeley. He also teaches Asian American Studies at Laney College. He holds a Ph.D. in South Asian Studies from UC Berkeley, is a filmmaker and a critical theorist of cinema of the global South. 


This is a Livestreamed + Recorded Course

  • Classes will stream live on the scheduled day and time
  • Classes will also be video recorded
  • You must be a current OLLI @Berkeley member to register. Learn about membership, including our fee assistance program.

Schedule Highlights

  • Course starts on Thursday, June 6, and ends on Thursday, June 27
  • Classes meet for 4 weeks, 2 hours per session (1–3 PM)
  • Videos will post on Fridays in Member Dashboards
  • Please note: Some film clips may be edited out of the video recording due to copyright restrictions
  • All course materials, including videos, will remain available to view and enjoy through Aug. 31

Member Praise for Abhijeet Paul

Professor Paul is so knowledgeable and welcoming an instructor. By the time the class started, current events had made him urgently important. And Mr. Paul organized the class so well and included new (to me) observations — it was really a treat. 


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