Niall Ó Murchú and Rachel Malia Newkirk Video Essay Lagaan (2001)

Niall Ó Murchú and Rachel Malia Newkirk (Fairhaven professor and student, respectively) made this video essay about the muscular nationalism in the Indian sports blockbuster, Lagaan (2001), during Niall’s sabbatical in 2017. They used the training montage and the song “Chale Chalo” (Keep on Moving) as the audio-visual bed for their video and spliced in clips from the movie where diverse men joined the novice cricket team under the leadership of the farmer hero. This was Rachel’s first academic video essay.

Indigenizing Cricket, Nationalizing India video