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Movie Screening- Newton

Newton Kumar, a rookie government clerk, is sent on election duty to the conflict-ridden jungles of Chhattisgarh, which is under the control of the Naxals. Despite the odds stacked against him, Newton Kumar tries his best to conduct a fair voting process in the region. Newton Kumar is sent on an election duty to a remote location in Chattisgarh. The Army has also been asked to support Newton for a peaceful execution of the voting in the area which hasn’t happened for a few decades. Despite all odds, Newton is determined to ensure elections happen and literally gets his face rubbed in the soil to fulfil his duty. Overall a beautiful movie with some powerful moments and gives the audience the pleasure of listening to some powerful dialogues. 
“Do you know what your problem is, Newton?” a veteran election instructor asks.
The youngster replies: “My honesty?”
“No,” says the gentleman, “Your problem is your pride in your honesty.”
In another scene, Newton is explaining the importance of voting to the Adivasis. He says, 'The person you elect will represent you in Delhi’. At this point, an old guard, a crippled soul with fragile hands and shaggy clothing, suddenly stands up from his pallet and announces, 'I am the leader of these people, and I will go to Delhi.'

In conclusion, Newton is a fine satires on democracy. It raises questions about the importance of  the electoral system. The film’s ultimately central tenet is that it’s not whom you vote for but whether you vote that matters. 

Audience comments
“This movie depicts a true picture of difficult situations under which an honest hardworking government official struggles to work”

“I as a teacher can relate to this 100%. In our schools we face this conflict of being true to ourselves and our profession versus fulfilling our duties as a government officer.”

“This movie is an inspiration. It is not just government officials who face obstacles while being honest to their profession. Even we teachers face them. This movie is shows that we must not lose hope and must strive to give our best.”

Start Date: 
Saturday, December 30, 2017 - 09:00
End Date: 
Saturday, December 30, 2017 - 13:00