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Earth (1998)

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Release Date
 USA: Sep 10, 1999
DVD Release Date
 R1: Apr 22, 2003

Running Time
1 hour, 50 minutes

Country India, Canada

Production Companies
Cracking the Earth Films Inc.

Studio Behaviour, Cracking the Earth Films, David Hamilton, Deepa Mehta Film, Goldwyn Films, Jhamu Sughand

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Other Titles
• Earth (1998)
• 1947: Earth
• Terre

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Genre: Drama, Murder, Political, Suspense, Culture Clash

Plot: Deepa Mehta's epic tale of the hateful religious and civil wars that took place in India and Pakistan in the 1947 battle to gain independence from the British, EARTH is the second movie in a trilogy from the director, preceded by FIRE (1996) and followed by WATER (due in 2001). The story, which is based on an autobiographical novel entitled CRACKING INDIA, by Bapsi Sidhwa, is told through the eyes of a little girl, Lenny (Maia Sethna), who has one leg in a brace. The impediment keeps Lenny from being very active, so she spends her time sitting and talking with her loving nanny, Shanta (Nandita Das), whose beauty attracts a faithful following of about six male friends. Lenny and Shanta sit in the park, fly kites, take long picturesque walks through the ruins outside their village, and all the time Lenny is absorbing the conversations around her. Between Shanta's Muslim and Hindu suitors--one of whom is a Sikh--and Lenny's parent's varied group of Parsee and Catholic friends, the debates about the futures of India and Pakistan, including a litany of stereotypes, fearful opinions, and hateful feelings about all parties involved, become more and more heated. Finally, Lenny watches as the warring begins. A horrific trainload full of the bodies of massacred Muslims arrives in their

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 Directed by
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 Written by
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 Music By
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