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Wednesday, November 15, 2023 6pm to 7:45pm

Harvard Art Museums
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Laya Project, directed by Harold Monfils, is a 2007 documentary that pays tribute to the resilience of the human spirit through music. Following the devastating tsunami in the Indian Ocean in 2004, the filmmakers visited the shore communities affected heavily by the tsunami and documented the local folk music of each place.


Shot on location in Sri Lanka, Thailand, Indonesia, the Maldives, Myanmar, and India, the film is a spectacular visual journey accompanied by hauntingly beautiful music. Almost two decades after the tsunami, with increasingly frequent climate disasters facing humanity, Laya Project reminds us of the interconnectedness of human existence and our shared responsibility to the earth.


This screening coincides with the Harvard undergraduate course Art of Monsoon Asia: Interconnected Histories (HAA 81), taught by professor Jinah Kim; the Harvard Radcliffe Institute exhibition Water Stories: River Goddesses, Ancestral Rites, and Climate Crisis (on view through December 16, 2023); and water-themed installations in the Islamic and South Asian art galleries here at the Harvard Art Museums.


A panel discussion will follow the screening, featuring Harvard professors Teren Sevea and Richard K. Wolf. Professor Jinah Kim will serve as moderator.

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