Worldview: Mohsin Hamid, a film flashback to communist East Germany and your international weekend picks

March 8, 2013


Worldview: Mohsin Hamid, a film flashback to communist East Germany and your international weekend picks

Mohsin Hamid's latest novel sends up South Asia's growing consumerism. Milos Stehlik discusses a new period piece about 1980s East Germany. Nari Safavi showcases Chicago's top options to plan an international weekend. WBEZ's Alison Cuddy fills in for Jerome McDonnell.

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Novelist Mohsin Hamid satirizes transforming South Asia

Using the language of self-help, Mohsin Hamid tellsthe story of a South Asian man with humble beginnings who strikes it rich in anunnamed big city in his latest novel, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia. Hamid, who also penned the novels The ReluctantFundamentalist and Moth Smoke, grew up in Lahore and went toPrinceton University and Harvard Law School. He stops by Worldview for a chat.

'How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia' by Mohsin HamidMohsin Hamid's 2007 novel, "The Reluctant Fundamentalist," was an artful tour de force, a lapidary monologue delivered by a young Princet...
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The dangers of life under Communism

Worldview film contributor Milos Stehlik gives us his take on Barbara, German filmmaker Christian Petzold’s latest film. It’s the story of a young East German doctor in the 1980s who, as punishment for requesting an exit visa, loses her position at Berlin’s premier hospital and is sent to work in the provinces.

BarbaraWinner of the Best Director prize at this year's Berlin Film Festival, the latest film from Christian Petzold (Yella, Jerichow) is a simm...

 Weekend Passport

Global citizen Nari Safavi helps listeners plan their international weekend. This week we’ll took a look at Norwegian theatre, find out where to sample German-Japanese fair and we’ll also be joined by filmmaker Joon Bai. His film, The Other Side of the Mountain, which makes its U.S. premiere this weekend, was shot on location in North Korea. 

Gjenganger: 3 Plays by Jon Fosse
When: now - March 24
Fridays (Winter/Autumn Dream) at 7:30 p.m.
Saturdays (Autumn Dream/A Summer’s Day) at 7:30 p.m.
Sundays (all three plays) at 3 p.m.

Where: Chicago DCA Storefront Theater, 66 E. Randolph St, Chicago

Akvavit Theater presents these three short plays by Norwegian playwright John Fosse, performing in repertory for the rest of the month. "Winter" is directed by Paul S. Holmquist, "A Summer's Day" by Breahan Eve Pautsch, and "Autumn Dream" by Wm. Bullion. All three plays are Midwest premieres, as well as world premiers for a new translation of Fosse's work by Kyle Korynta.
Gloomy trilogy of Norwegian plays hardly a fjord fiesta - Chicago Sun-TimesBy Hedy Weiss Theater Critic/ Corey Nobel (left) and Bergen Anderson in "Winter" by Akvavit Theatre. | Sooz Main photo...
Heritage Matters: Japanese-German Food, Fire and Family
When: Saturday, March 9, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Where: Dank Haus German-American Cultural Center, 4740 N. Western Ave, Chicago

Heritage Matters is a program put on by the Chicago Cultural Alliance to promote cross-cultural awareness in the city. This Saturday morning, the Dank Haus German-American Cultural Center presents a rare and unusual chance to learn about both German and Japanese cooking. Along with their own presenters demonstrating traditional German winter cooking, guests from the Chicago Japanese American Historical Society will also teach how to make Japanese food in celebration of the Japanese New Year.
The Other Side of the Mountain at the Peace on Earth Film Festival
When: Saturday, March 9, 4 p.m.
Where: Claudia Cassidy Theater, 78 E. Washington, Chicago

The Other Side of the Mountain is a period piece set in Korea during the Korean War. Korean-American producer and screenwriter Joon Bai shot the film entirely on location in North Korea. It tells the story of true love rent asunder by the separation of a country on political lines. A young South Korean soldier falls in love with a nurse in a North Korean village, but then must return to his country. Through the years, their love lives on. Today, Joon Bai joins Worldview to discuss his film. He will also be taking part in a Q and A after his film screens this weekend as part of the Peace on Earth Film Festival
FIRST NORTH KOREAN/U.S. FEATURE FILM COLLABORATION THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN DEBUTS AT FIFTH ANNUAL PEACE ON EARTH FILM FESTIVAL | Showbiz ChicagoPosted on 19 February 2013 by Michael J. Roberts The 5th Annual Peace on Earth Film Festival (POEFF), presented by Transcendence Global M...