By Rukhsana Ahmad
Kiran, a young British South Asian actress from London goes to India to play the part of Shola, a Mogul Antigone. But the death of her screenwriter aunt pushes her into direct conflict with her Indian cousins and forces her to grapple with communalism when it bursts into her life.
Set against the Bombay riots of December 1992, this re-working of the ancient myth of Antigone makes it relevant to our times, particularly in a South Asian context where communalism is still a source of division and conflict.
River on Fire was shortlisted for the 2002 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.
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