New York University’s Center for Religion and Media will host “Signs of Crisis: Religious Conflict, Human Rights, and the New Documentary Film in Southern Asia,” a conference that brings together documentary filmmakers from Indonesia and South Asia, legal scholars, anthropologists, and others, May 17-19 at NYU’s School of Law (110 West 3rd Street at MacDougal Street). Subway lines: A, B, C, D, E, F, V (West 4th Street); R, W (8th Street); 6 (Astor Place).

For more information about the event, which is free and open to the public, call 212.998.3759. RSVP (required) by calling 212.998.7608. For a complete schedule of events, go to:

Patricia Spyer, a professor of sociology and anthropology at University of Leiden and a senior fellow at NYU’s Center for Religion & Media, will deliver the conference’s opening remarks (May 17, 1:30 p.m.), followed by the keynote address from Philip Alston, co-director of the Center for Human Rights & Global Justice at NYU’s School of Law. Sessions include screenings of Anand Patwardhan’s “In the Name Of God” (1992, 75 min) (May 17, 4-5:30 p.m.) and Garin Nugroho’s “The Poet (Unconcealed Poetry)” (2001, 85 min.) (May 17, 2-3:45 p.m.). Both screenings will be followed by Q & A sessions with the directors. In addition, both Patwardhan and Nugroho will participate in a panel discussion, “Documentary, Human Rights, and Questions of Evidence” (May 17, 5:45-6:45 p.m.).

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