It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland
Erin Morgenstern, Award-Winning Author and Multimedia Artist

Erin Morgenstern, Award-Winning Author and Multimedia Artist

November 10, 2019

It's A Question Of Balance ® radio show balances the intellectual with the creative, exploring whether we have more in common than divides us through thought-provoking conversations - out and about with people on the street on different topics, and in the studio with inspiring guests from the arts. Balance is not a compromise. Balance is truth distilled from many places creating cohesive understanding. Hosted by Ruth Copland.

Check out podcasts of the different topics and arts guests at www.itsaquestionofbalance.com

Broadcast on KSCO AM 1080, KSCO 104.1 FM, KOMY AM 1340, and KSCO.com Live Stream.

In-Depth Arts Interview: Erin Morgenstern, Award-Winning Author and Multimedia Artist
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Photo by Allan Amato

Multi-million-selling author and multi-media artist Erin is known for her highly imaginative world-building. The enchanting domain created in her first book 'The Night Circus' has inspired devoted fans the world over. They have been eagerly anticipating Erin’s next book and this is now materialising in the form of The Starless Sea which Publisher’s Weekly describes as a “love letter to bibliophiles…dreamlike and uncanny, grounded in deeply felt emotion, and absolutely thrilling." Join Ruth Copland to find out what makes Erin such a fan favourite even though she didn't plan to be an author!

Raised in Massachusetts, Erin graduated from Smith College with a degree in theatre and studio art, and in addition to her writing she paints, mainly in acrylics, and has designed and painted a black-and-white tarot deck called the Phantomwise. Her debut novel, 'The Night Circus', a fantastical novel that follows the impossible love of two magicians, sold three million copies and has been translated into 37 languages. It spent seven weeks on The New York Times Bestseller List and was recognized with the 2012 Alex Award, given by the Young Adult Library Services Association, as well as the 2012 Locus Award for First Novel. It has also been optioned for film.

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Copyright 2019 Ruth Copland. All rights reserved.

Vasily Klyukin, Artist and Entrepreneur | Arts Interview Part One

Vasily Klyukin, Artist and Entrepreneur | Arts Interview Part One

November 10, 2019

It's A Question Of Balance ® radio show balances the intellectual with the creative, exploring whether we have more in common than divides us through thought-provoking conversations - out and about with people on the street on different topics, and in the studio with inspiring guests from the arts. Balance is not a compromise. Balance is truth distilled from many places creating cohesive understanding. Hosted by Ruth Copland.

Check out podcasts of the different topics and arts guests at www.itsaquestionofbalance.com

Broadcast on KSCO AM 1080, KSCO 104.1 FM, KOMY AM 1340, and KSCO.com Live Stream.

In-Depth Arts Interview: Vasily Klyukin, Artist and Entrepreneur | Part One

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Vasily Klyukin sculpture from 'In Dante Veritas' exhibition in Venice; Vasily with model for sculpture; 'Why People Can't Fly' installed at Burning Man 2019.

In his early life, Russian artist and entrepreneur Vasily Klyukin applied his highly creative mind to business, where he has been phenomenally successful. Latterly, his creativity has moved towards art with him creating complex sculptures and installations which are located around the world including in Moscow, London, Monte Carlo, Cannes and Ibiza. Vasily Klyukin is a famous defender of the environment and works on promoting the fight against environmental pollution every chance he gets. Inevitably, environmental themes permeate his fascinating sculptures. He’s also known for his unique architectural concepts, and an inventive sci-fi novel. He has raised nearly $2million for charity auctioning his art.

Ruth Copland interviewed Vasily Klyukin in the Hollywoods Hills, Los Angeles, USA just after he returned from a hugely successful installation of his art at the Burning Man 2019 festival and before he returned to his home in Monaco via London. This is the first in a two-part series of interviews with Vasily Klyukin. Part One covers Vasily’s first memory of art and his early life, what it was like at Burning Man showing his installation, and the amazing exhibition ‘In Dante Veritas’, and what inspired these works. Also why he is so passionate about defending the environment.

Vasily Klyukin’s solo exhibition called 'In Dante Veritas' was a huge success both at the State Russian Museum (St. Petersburg) and the sculptural park, ‘LA Collection’Air’ in Lucerne (Switzerland). An expanded multi-media version of 'In Dante Veritas', comprising more than a hundred inter-related art objects, is exhibited at the 2019 Venice Biennale where it is extremely popular with attendees. Vasily Klyukin’s inspiring concepts for unusual buildings are published in the book Designing Legends. His science-fiction novel ‘Collective Mind’ was published in Russia and is now available in English via Amazon. Vasily Klyukin is known for his support of amfAR, the Leonardo di Caprio Foundation and Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation.

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Copyright 2019 Ruth Copland. All rights reserved.

Tina Brown and Rose Sellery | Co-Founders of PiVot The Art of Fashion

Tina Brown and Rose Sellery | Co-Founders of PiVot The Art of Fashion

September 15, 2019

It's A Question Of Balance ® radio show balances the intellectual with the creative, exploring whether we have more in common than divides us through thought-provoking conversations - out and about with people on the street on different topics, and in the studio with inspiring guests from the arts. Balance is not a compromise. Balance is truth distilled from many places creating cohesive understanding. Hosted by Ruth Copland.

Check out podcasts of the different topics and arts guests at www.itsaquestionofbalance.com

Broadcast on KSCO AM 1080, KSCO 104.1 FM, KOMY AM 1340, and KSCO.com Live Stream.

In-Depth Interview: Personal Style Guru Tina Brown and Award-Winning Artist Rose Sellery, Co-Founders of PiVot: The Art of Fashion

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Award-winning artist Rose Sellery and sought-after style guru Tina Brown founded PiVot: The Art of Fashion, which brings together art and fashion with custom tailored events and collaborations. Striking conceptual garments and cutting-edge fashion designs mix in this innovative and entertaining show. Ruth Copland talks to Rose and Tina about how and why they founded PiVot and what we can expect at the 2019 show, as well as digging deeper into what inspires them in their highly successful personal careers in art and fashion.

Tina Brown is a sought-after personal stylist. Her business, llkastyle, is based in Santa Cruz, California, and helps clients find their personal style identity through her trademark Three Elements of Style protocol.
Rose Sellery is an artist creating sculpture, conceptual garments, installations, and photomontage. She is the recipient of numerous awards, one being the coveted Gail Rich Award, and she has exhibited nationally and internationally. The primary focus of her work is human dynamics.

Photo Credits: 1. Artist, Rose Sellery “Rags to Riches” Emmanuel Leroy Photography 2. Designer, IBBayo Hiram Chee Photography 3. Artist, The Great Morgani. “Loopholes” Jana Marcus Photography

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Copyright 2019 Ruth Copland. All rights reserved.

Randall Munroe | Cartoonist, xkcd Webcomic Creator, Former NASA Roboticist, and Bestselling Author

Randall Munroe | Cartoonist, xkcd Webcomic Creator, Former NASA Roboticist, and Bestselling Author

September 7, 2019

It's A Question Of Balance ® radio show balances the intellectual with the creative, exploring whether we have more in common than divides us through thought-provoking conversations - out and about with people on the street on different topics, and in the studio with inspiring guests from the arts. Balance is not a compromise. Balance is truth distilled from many places creating cohesive understanding. Hosted by Ruth Copland.

Check out podcasts of the different topics and arts guests at www.itsaquestionofbalance.com

Broadcast on KSCO AM 1080, KSCO 104.1 FM, KOMY AM 1340, and KSCO.com Live Stream.

In-Depth Interview: Randall Munroe, Cartoonist, xkcd Creator, Bestselling Author

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Photo by Adrianne Mathiowetz

Former NASA roboticist, cartoonist, webcomic creator and bestselling author talks to Ruth Copland about combining hard science, romance, sarcasm, math, whimsy, and humour! His work is genre-defying and has attracted tens of millions of fans to his website xkcd.com, where you can find his online comic and 'What If?' blog, which answers fans' weird science questions. Celebrity fans include Bill Gates, Serena Williams, Neil Gaiman, and previous guest of It's A Question of Balance, Andy Weir, author of 'The Martian'. Randall Munroe's new book is 'How To: Absurd Scientific Advice For Common Real-World Problems'.

Randall is the New York Times bestselling author of the books ‘What If?’ and ‘Thing Explainer’ which are mega blockbusters. ‘What If?’ spent 64 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and ‘Thing Explainer’ sold over a million copies worldwide. Randall is also the Hugo-award-winning creator of the cultural phenomenon 'xkcd', an online comic. The comic covers romance, science, maths, pop culture and more and has a gentle humour, kindness and poignancy to it, as well as delivering scientific information in a highly interesting form. This has led to a dedicated fanbase with millions of fans enjoying his webcomic and his highly original books. Randall’s legion of fans have been eagerly awaiting a new book and it has now arrived in the form of ‘How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems’ an entirely original new work with never-before-seen material.

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Copyright 2019 Ruth Copland. All rights reserved.

Arts Interview: Michael Rutger, Internationally Bestselling Writer of Dark Suspense

Arts Interview: Michael Rutger, Internationally Bestselling Writer of Dark Suspense

August 24, 2019

It's A Question Of Balance ® radio show balances the intellectual with the creative, exploring whether we have more in common than divides us through thought-provoking conversations - out and about with people on the street on different topics, and in the studio with inspiring guests from the arts. Balance is not a compromise. Balance is truth distilled from many places creating cohesive understanding. Hosted by Ruth Copland.

Check out podcasts of the different topics and arts guests at www.itsaquestionofbalance.com

Broadcast on KSCO AM 1080, KSCO 104.1 FM, KOMY AM 1340, and KSCO.com Live Stream.

Arts Interview: Michael Rutger, Internationally Bestselling Writer
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An intelligent, witty and award-winning writer, Michael jokingly calls himself ‘all the Michaels’ due to his internationally bestselling writing career as Michael Rutger, Michael Marshall Smith, and Michael Marshall. Ruth Copland talks to Michael Rutger about his life, art and his new books 'The Possession' and ‘Hannah Green and her Unfeasibly Mundane Existence’.

Michael is the winner of the Philip K Dick Award, the August Derleth Award for best novel, six British fantasy awards, and the only author ever to win the BFS Award for Best Short Story four times. Stephen King referred to Michael’s Straw Men trilogy as a 'masterpiece….brilliantly written' and Michael is currently working on developing ‘Straw Men’ for TV. His novel Spares was optioned by Stephen Spielberg's Dreamworks, and his supernatural thriller The Intruders was adapted as a major BBC television series. As well as his many best-selling novels, Michael has also published nearly a hundred short stories. Born in Britain, he now lives in Santa Cruz, California, with his wife, son and two cats. His latest books are ‘Hannah Green and her Unfeasibly Mundane Existence’ published as Michael Marshall Smith, and the recently released Michael Rutger novel ‘The Possession’.

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Copyright 2019 Ruth Copland. All rights reserved.

Could Everyone Use Some Therapy? | Special Guest: Lori Gottlieb, Psychotherapist and New York Times Bestselling Author

Could Everyone Use Some Therapy? | Special Guest: Lori Gottlieb, Psychotherapist and New York Times Bestselling Author

August 9, 2019

It's A Question Of Balance ® radio show balances the intellectual with the creative, exploring whether we have more in common than divides us through thought-provoking conversations - out and about with people on the street on different topics, and in the studio with inspiring guests from the arts. Balance is not a compromise. Balance is truth distilled from many places creating cohesive understanding. Hosted by Ruth Copland.

Check out podcasts of the different topics and arts guests at www.itsaquestionofbalance.com

Broadcast on KSCO AM 1080, KSCO 104.1 FM, KOMY AM 1340, and KSCO.com Live Stream.
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‘Could everyone use some therapy?’ Even posing this question may seem preposterous as therapy is often seen as a last resort for serious personal malfunctions or, otherwise, as expensive, self-indulgent navel-gazing. Mental health has been stigmatised but that’s changing, and maybe we could all benefit. Ruth Copland's expert guest is Lori Gottlieb, best-selling author, psychotherapist and “Dear Therapist” advice columnist.

‘Could everyone use some therapy?’ To speculate on this necessitates considering what therapy is, how it’s viewed culturally, what it can address and what outcomes it might achieve, and how to choose a therapist. Ruth Copland's guest, Lori Gottlieb, is ideally placed to help us gain insights in these areas and provide some food for thought.

Lori Gottlieb is a practising psychotherapist, New York Times bestselling non-fiction author, and writer of The Atlantic‘s weekly “Dear Therapist” advice column. Her new book is ‘Maybe You Should Talk to Somebody’ and is being adapted as a television series with Eva Longoria. The book takes us behind the scenes of a therapist’s world, where her patients are looking for answers, and so is she! Lori's previous books include the best-selling ‘Marry Him - the case for settling for Mr Good Enough’ and ‘Stick Figure’, a memoir which takes the reader on a personal journey through preteen anorexia and the internal and cultural dynamics that shape it.

Lori Gottlieb is on the Advisory Council for Bring Change to Mind, which is a nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging dialogue about mental health, and to raising awareness, understanding, and empathy.
Lori is also a valued contributor in the media and has appeared on such shows as The Today Show, Good Morning America, The CBS Early Show, CNN, and NPR’s “Fresh Air.”  

For more info visit www.itsaquestionofbalance.com

Copyright 2019 Ruth Copland. All rights reserved.

Arts Interview: Neal Stephenson, Best-Selling Writer and Futurist

Arts Interview: Neal Stephenson, Best-Selling Writer and Futurist

June 4, 2019

It's A Question Of Balance ® radio show balances the intellectual with the creative, exploring whether we have more in common than divides us through thought-provoking conversations - out and about with people on the street on different topics, and in the studio with inspiring guests from the arts. Balance is not a compromise. Balance is truth distilled from many places creating cohesive understanding. Hosted by Ruth Copland.

Check out podcasts of the different topics and arts guests at www.itsaquestionofbalance.com
Broadcast on KSCO AM 1080, KSCO 104.1 FM, KOMY AM 1340, and KSCO.com Live Stream.

Arts Interview: Neal Stephenson, Best-Selling Writer and Futurist
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Acclaimed writer and futurist Neal Stephenson imagines what would happen if we could live on as digital souls. "Endlessly inventive and absorbing" (Kirkus Reviews), 'Fall; Or, Dodge in Hell' combines the technological, philosophical and spiritual in one grand myth raising profound questions about the breakthroughs which may transform our future.

Ruth Copland talks to Neal Stephenson about what inspires his highly popular and original novels, one of which 'Seveneves' was listed by Bill Gates as one of his top ten favourite books!

Neal is known for his speculative fiction works, which have been described variously as science fiction, historical fiction, maximalism or baroque, cyberpunk, and postcyberpunk. His novels explore areas such as mathematics, cryptography, philosophy, currency, the history of science and envelope-pushing concepts of various kinds. Neal also writes non-fiction articles about technology in publications such as Wired Magazine, and has worked as an advisor for Blue Origin, a company (funded by Jeff Bezos) developing a manned sub-orbital launch system. He is also Chief Futurist at Magic Leap, which produces a head-mounted virtual retinal display, called Magic Leap One, which superimposes 3D computer-generated imagery over real world objects.
Neal’s best-selling and critically acclaimed novels include Seven Eves, which Bill Gates named as one of his top ten favourite books and President Obama selected for his 2016 summer reading list. Other acclaimed novels are Reamde, Anathem, The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O with Nicole Garland, The System of the World, The Confusion, Quicksilver, Cryptonomicon, The Diamond Age, Snow Crash, Zodiac, and the nonfiction works In the Beginning . . . Was the Command Line and Some Remarks.
Photo by Brady Hall.

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Copyright 2019 Ruth Copland. All rights reserved.

Arts Interview: Esther Wojcicki - Media Arts Educator, Thought-Leader, Journalist, Author

Arts Interview: Esther Wojcicki - Media Arts Educator, Thought-Leader, Journalist, Author

May 4, 2019

It's A Question Of Balance ® radio show balances the intellectual with the creative, exploring whether we have more in common than divides us through thought-provoking conversations - out and about with people on the street on different topics, and in the studio with inspiring guests from the arts. Balance is not a compromise. Balance is truth distilled from many places creating cohesive understanding. Hosted by Ruth Copland.

Check out podcasts of the different topics and arts guests at www.itsaquestionofbalance.com
Broadcast on KSCO AM 1080, KSCO 104.1 FM, KOMY AM 1340, and KSCO.com Live Stream.

Arts Interview: Esther Wojcicki - Media Arts Educator, Journalist, Author
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Esther Wojcicki at the California Theatre, San Jose, after receiving the Life of a Maverick Award and being interviewed onstage by Ruth Copland. Photo: Freedom Cheteni
Ruth Copland speaks to the highly creative and inspiring Esther Wojcicki, globally renowned educator, journalist, thought-leader, and author of the new book How to Raise Successful People: Simple Lessons for Radical Results, a book all parents should read, and anyone who cares about how we can help children find success on all levels and on their own terms. Ruth talks to Esther about what gave her the confidence and creative dynamism to challenge the education system; what sparked her passion for education and the arts; how she defines a successful person; whether failure is part of success; what inspired her to write her book; the role of journalism in the age of ‘fake news’; what she hopes her legacy will be, and much more. Ruth Copland speaks to Esther Wojcicki at the famed media arts centre at Palo Alto High School where Esther still teaches.

Known as the godmother of Silicon Valley and ‘Woj’ to her many friends and admirers, Esther Wojcicki is famous for founding the media arts programme at Palo Alto High School and teaching a journalism class that has changed the lives of thousands of students, many of whom have gone on to have an outsize influence of their own. She has created the <em>Moonshots in Education</em> movement to help shift the culture of education to one that empowers both students and teachers. She is a leader in Blended Learning and the integration of technology into education. She is the mother of a super family, raising three happy daughters who have each made their own mark on the world as the CEO of YouTube, the Founder and CEO of 23andMe, and a top medical researcher, and she has inspired Silicon Valley legends such as Steve Jobs.

In addition, Esther Wojcicki serves as Vice Chair of Creative Commons and has been intimately involved with Google and GoogleEdu since its inception, where she was one of the leaders in setting up the Google Teacher Academy and remains a guiding force. She has two Honorary Doctorate Degrees from Palo Alto University and Rhode Island School of Design and was California Teacher of the Year in 2002. Esther believes strongly in the relationship between the school and home. As a mother, she and her husband Stan, a professor and former chair of the physics department at Stanford, fostered creativity and critical thinking in their daughters. Esther Wojcicki’s new book How To Raise Successful People: Simple Lessons for Radical Results draws on her considerable experience and success in both her personal life and career.

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Copyright 2019 Ruth Copland. All rights reserved.

Arts Interview: Actor Producer Edi Gathegi, Actress Tayler Buck

Arts Interview: Actor Producer Edi Gathegi, Actress Tayler Buck

April 13, 2019

It's A Question Of Balance ® radio show balances the intellectual with the creative, exploring whether we have more in common than divides us through thought-provoking conversations - out and about with people on the street on different topics, and in the studio with inspiring guests from the arts. Balance is not a compromise. Balance is truth distilled from many places creating cohesive understanding. Hosted by Ruth Copland.

Check out podcasts of the different topics and arts guests at www.itsaquestionofbalance.com
Broadcast on KSCO AM 1080, KSCO 104.1 FM, KOMY AM 1340, and KSCO.com Live Stream.

Arts Interview: Actor Producer Edi Gathegi; Actress Tayler Buck

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Actors in 'Princess of the Row' Clockwise from Bottom Left: Tayler Buck; Edi Gathegi; Martin Sheen; Ana Ortiz

Known for X-Men: First Class and The People vs OJ respectively, Edi and Tayler are the stars of 'Princess of the Row' also featuring Martin Sheen, Jacob Vargas and Ana Ortiz. Ruth Copland features an excerpt from the film and talks to Edi and Tayler about their lives and careers, and what attracted them to play the father and daughter in this poignant yet life-affirming film about homelessness, mental health, war veterans, and family ties.

Edi Gathegi was born on March 10, 1979 in Nairobi, Kenya as Edi Mue Gathegi. He is an actor and producer, known for X-Men: First Class (2011), Gone Baby Gone (2007) and Criminal Activities (2015).

Tayler Buck was born Nov 14, 2003. She is an actress, known for Annabelle: Creation (2017), The People Vs. OJ (2016), Key and Peele (2012) and CSI: NY (2004).

'Princess of the Row', which had its world premiere at Cinequest is a poignant, dramatic and ultimately uplifting story. A creative 12-year-old foster girl bounces around the sometimes abusive foster care system for most of her life, and ditches school to visit her military veteran father who is homeless on the streets of LA’s Skid Row He’s mentally ill after suffering a battle-induced brain injury during his service in the Iraq war. The injury renders him unable to recognize his own daughter most of the time. But to Alicia, it doesn’t matter because she loves him and remembers the father he used to be: a caring man with a love of storytelling.
Alicia has inherited her father’s creativity and wants to be a writer when she grows up, spending her time writing fantasy tales about a Princess on a quest. Alicia’s social worker recognizes her gift and decides to place her in the perfect home with an award-winning author played by Martin Sheen and his wife played by Jenny Gago. As their lovely home is 10 hours from LA Alicia is fearful of never seeing her father again and decides to escape the city with him. On the run, Alicia must cope with her father’s severe PTSD breakdowns, outwit social service workers searching for her, and overcome the worst kind of thugs on the streets of LA, all to make her one dream a reality: to live with her father as a family.

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Copyright 2019 Ruth Copland. All rights reserved.

Arts Interview: Nandita Das, Acclaimed Actress, Writer, Director

Arts Interview: Nandita Das, Acclaimed Actress, Writer, Director

April 3, 2019

It's A Question Of Balance ® radio show balances the intellectual with the creative, exploring whether we have more in common than divides us through thought-provoking conversations - out and about with people on the street on different topics, and in the studio with inspiring guests from the arts. Balance is not a compromise. Balance is truth distilled from many places creating cohesive understanding. Hosted by Ruth Copland.

Check out podcasts of the different topics and arts guests at www.itsaquestionofbalance.com
Broadcast on KSCO AM 1080, KSCO 104.1 FM, KOMY AM 1340, and KSCO.com Live Stream.

Arts Interview: Nandita Das, Award-Winning Actress, Writer, Director

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Ruth Copland’s in-depth conversation with Nandita Das covers her fascinating career and life, and her new film 'Manto'. Acting in over 40 feature films in 10 Indian languages, Nandita Das has received widespread acclaim and numerous awards for her acting, and has been repeatedly recognized for both her art and her world community activism. Her directorial debut Firaaq premiered in 2008 at the prestigious Toronto Film Festival after being screened at Telluride. She has twice been on the jury of the Cannes Film Festival, among others, and was conferred the ‘Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters’ by the French Government. She is the first Indian to be inducted into the Hall of Fame of the International Women’s Forum and was the Chairperson of the Children’s Film Society India, and a World Fellow at Yale in 2014. She is a strong advocate of social issues, which is evident throughout her work.

Nandita Das's biopic 'Manto' was the opening night featured film at the 2019 Cinequest Film Festival in Silicon Valley. ‘Manto’, which Nandita Das wrote and directed, is about Saadat Hasan Manto who is celebrated as one of the greatest short story writers from South Asia. The film is set during the four most tumultuous years of Manto’s life during the Independence of India from Britain. It focuses on both his family life and writing, interweaving five of his short stories into the tale of his life. It is a film about two emerging nations and one man trying to make sense of it all. 'Manto' is now available to view on Netflix. It’s a moving, atmospheric film that illuminates a difficult historical period through the experience of a dedicated artist.

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Copyright 2019 Ruth Copland. All rights reserved.