The late Roger Ebert is famously quoted as saying “the movies are like a machine that generates empathy.” He believed that cinema possessed an unmatched ability to help us identify with persons from different backgrounds and with different worldviews than ourselves. Of course, the astute critic’s sentiments were absolutely correct, expressing a fundamental aspect of filmmaking – a desire to reach an audience. This is especially true for foreign language filmmakers like India’s Chaitanya Tamhane, whose debut film "Court" is playing at film festivals worldwide. Court is painstakingly specific to the milieu of its Indian setting, but its international success owes to its underlying relatability.
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