Who: Annette Insdorf, Ramin Bahrani
What: Special online conversation about The White Tiger
When: Monday, February 8, free with RSVP. 8:00
Why: Iranian-American writer, director, and producer Ramin Bahrani burst onto the indie scene in 2005 with his brilliant Man Push Cart, followed by the charming Chop Shop and Goodbye Solo. He was nominated for the Golden Lion for 2013’s At Any Price and 2015’s 99 Homes but slipped a bit with his 2018 HBO adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. Bahrani is now back with the Netflix original The White Tiger, based on the Booker Prize–winning novel by his friend Aravind Adiga. The film stars Adarsh Gourav as a young boy who sees his future out of poverty by working for wealthy masters (Rajkummar Rao and Priyanka Chopra Jonas) who will help him climb the ladder of success, at an ever-increasing price. On February 8 at 8:00, Bahrani, a Columbia graduate and film professor, will join film historian, Columbia professor, and author Annette Insdorf for her 92nd St. Y series “Reel Pieces,” a livestreamed conversation and audience Q&A; admission is free with RSVP. You can also check out previous episodes of the show, online during the pandemic (Aaron Sorkin, Sofia Coppola) and from the before time in person (Greta Gerwig, Glenda Jackson, Nick Nolte), here.