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Filmmaker Pankaj Rishi Kumar to screen two documentaries at Appalachian

BOONE—Indian filmmaker Pankaj Rishi Kumar will screen two of his documentaries at Appalachian State University. Kumar’s visit to campus and the screenings are sponsored by the Department of Anthropology and the Office of International Education and Development. A discussion will follow each film.

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“3 Men and a Bulb” will be shown March 25, from 7-9 p.m. in Three Top Mountain Room on the first floor of Plemmons Student Union’s new wing. “Punches n Ponytails” will be shown March 26 from 7-9 p.m. also in Three Top Room.

The films are free and the public is invited to attend.

“3 Men and a Bulb” is a story about earning a good living and the larger forces at work prevent that from happening. The film focuses on three men in the Himalayan foothills who earn a meager livelihood from their watermill. More information is online at

“Punches n Ponytails” is about two young women pursuing a dream of becoming professional boxers against all odds in their conservative, patriarchal Indian town. Read more about the film at

Kumar is a graduate of the Pune Film and Television Institute. He was assistant editor on Sekhar Kapur’s “Bandit Queen.” After editing documentaries and TV serials, he made his first film, “Kumar Talkies.” Subsequently, Kumar has become a one-man crew producing, directing, shooting and editing his own films, which have been screened at festivals around the world.

Kumar has won grants from Hubert Bals, IFA, Jan Vrijman, Gotoberg, Banff, Majlis and Sarai. He was awarded an Asia Society fellowship at Harvard Asia Center.