Special Showing


Sunday, October 27 at 2pm

Award-winning filmmaker from India, Anand Patwardhan will be in person to present his film. The screening will be followed by a talkback with the filmmaker and Professor Jeff Israel and Professor Aparna Kapadia.


Reason: The War Between Faith and Rationality

Winner of Best Feature Documentary at International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), Reason is a chilling account of how murder and mind control are being applied to systematically dismantle secular democracy in India.

The battle between faith and reason is universal and ongoing. In India, the world’s largest democracy, the ideology that murdered Mahatma Gandhi has finally captured power. Murder and mind control are being applied to dismantle a secular democracy that once aspired to the values of enlightenment and non-violence. As accusations fly of “eating cow meat” or “treason of Mother India,” minorities and all those who fight for the poor bear the brunt of rising Hindu majoritarianism and a complicit corporate media.

Prominent Indian documentary filmmaker Anand Patwardhan fearlessly examines the far right at huge rallies where fascism is normalized, but also introduces us to rationalists who, despite appearing on hit lists, lead a growing resistance. Through his masterful lens and elaborate film architecture, this journey into detail finally reveals the big picture. It leaves us with the feeling that we’ve been to India, smelled the streets, met the people and shared the empathy that shines from many of them.

  • Director: Anand Patwardhan
  • Runtime: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Genre: Documentary

Sponsored by the Williams College Departments of History, Religion, Art History and Studio Art, the Asian Studies Program, the Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, the Lecture Committee, and the Oakley Center for Humanities and Social Sciences.