There are 1.3 billion people living in India, but in some rural areas, very few of them have a government-issued Aadhaar ID card. This dilemma forms the basis for Suman Ghosh's memorable dramedy, appropriately titled Aadhaar.
In a small village in rural Jharkhand, residents are suspicious of the Aadhaar ID card, which they suspect the government will use to monitor them. But, mindful of the many benefits that come with the ID, a young, impoverished potter named Pharsua is the first person in the village to take the plunge and get one. In doing so, he becomes an overnight celebrity. While getting attention from local and national media, Pharsua's life takes an unexpected turn when the village priest predicts that the serial number on his ID card will soon cause the death of his wife. Pharsua is now determined to change his serial number so he can save his wife's life.
Part comedy and part absurdist drama with strong social undertones, Ghosh's film shines an observant light on a corner of the world not often seen on American screens.
This screening is supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and sponsored by Miami Association of Indian Americans For Culture and Arts (MAIACA).