Film Screening: Nostalgia for the Future

Photo of front facade of Le Corbusier's Villa Shodhan in India

Le Corbusier's Villa Shodhan, Ahmedabad, India, 1951. photo / provided

Nostalgia for the Future is a film on Indian modernity, the making of the citizen, and the architecture of the home. It explores the spaces designed and bodies meant to inhabit four very different modern Indian homes from the late 19th to mid-20th centuries: the maharajah of Baroda's Lukhshmi Vilas Palace; Gandhiji's Sabarmati Ashram and Le Corbusier's Villa Shodhan in Ahmedabad; and government housing for partition refugees in Delhi. Using archival footage, propaganda films, and popular cinema, it evokes the collective memory of modern India through image and sound.

This event is cosponsored by Cornell AAP's Department of Architecture, the Carl Becker House, Cornell Cinema, the International Planning Students Organization, and the South Asia Program.