This month's Literary Flick, City of Joy, will be shown on Tuesday, September 8 at 6:30 p.m.
The film is based on Dominique Lapierre's novel, City of Joy, which explores life for the poorest of the poor in Calcutta, India. Living with starvation, disease, and bone-breaking work, the people hold on to their belief that life is precious, so much so that they named their slum "Anand Nagar," which means "City of Joy".
The film tells the stories of three people whose lives intersect in this community. Hasari Pal (Om Puri) moves his family from his village in search of work in the city to pay off money-lenders and save for his daughter's dowry. Max Lowe (Patrick Swayze) is a disillusioned surgeon who travels to India to run away from his past. When Max is beat up by thugs, Hasari finds him and takes him to a clinic run by a British nurse, Joan Bethel (Pauline Collins). Friendships between Max, Hasari, and Joan have life-changing effects on them all.
For more information about this program, call us at 541-265-2153 or go to our website, www.newportlibrary.org.