But local politicos see Krishnans death sentence as an opportunity to prove that India is moving into the modern age, thanks to their new Electronic Chair. Touted as delivering a humane, painless death, the Electronic Chair is seen as a means to a glorious death. Naive villagers and uncaring government leaders campaign to have Krishnan be the first in the country to be given the honor of dying in the Electronic Chair.
The film is in Malayalam with English subtitles. Todays screening, which will be followed by a reception, kicks off the Festival of Contemporary Films from India that follows in early November. 7 p.m. Rice University, 6100 Main. For information, call 713‑348‑4882 or visit www.ricecinema.rice.edu. Free.
Wed., Oct. 5, 7 p.m., 2011