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Due to a necessary system migration, the Libraries will discontinue the VCat video catalog. The effective date is June 26, 2017.

In its place, the Franklin Catalog will offer the ability to limit search results to video materials, and future development will enable you to further refine video-related searches. These changes will advance our efforts to make Franklin a comprehensive discovery tool for materials in Penn’s collections and a growing number of resources available through our partners.

I'll be happy to take your questions regarding our discovery services.

Joe Zucca
Director of Strategic Initiatives & Library Technology Services
zucca@upenn.edu

Collection Highlights
Indian Parallel Cinema
VHS
South Asian Reserve - Van Pelt | Van Pelt Video Collection | Storage
Call No. VHS PN1997 .C3949 1997
Charulata is a story of a loyal, dutiful wife whose publisher husband takes her devotion for granted. But when his young cousin, Amal, comes to live with them, Charulata catches a glimpse of what true love could be.
VHS
Storage
Call No. PN1997 .A439 1990z
Anant Welankar is a sub-inspector in the Bombay police. Wanting to arrest the big gangster and powerful politician Rama Shetty, Welankar is constantly frustrated. Welankar cannot control his temper and he eventually kills a petty thief. When Welankar is forced to ask Shetty for protection, he kills Shetty instead and surrenders to the police.
Bhumika (1976)
DVD
Van Pelt Video Collection
Call No. DVD 009 156
A drama based on the autobiography of the Marathi/Hindi actress Hansa Wadkar. Usha is taught music by her grandmother and eventually becomes an actress, a trajectory inflected by the four men she meets at various points in her life: her husband Keshav, narcissistic male co-star Rajan, effete filmmaker Sunil Verma, and the landowner Kale whose second ...
Current (1991)
VHS
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Call No. VHS PN1997 .C93 1990z
A story about a villager, who becomes a victim to the city bureaucracy and politics.
VHS
Storage
Call No. PN1997 .M66 1990
Set in the 1940's, this film explores an Indian community's reaction to an oppressed, impoverished woman's plight involving British colony tax collectors.
VHS
Storage
Call No. VHS PN1997 .A3223 1984
Examines minority communities, exemplified by Albert Pinto, a Goanese Catholic living in Bombay, who assumes that the rich people whose cars he drives as a garage mechanic are his friends. He is brought back to earth by his father's political activity and the pragmatism of his girl and the other mechanics.
DVD
Storage
Call No. DVD 009 497
The Chief Labour Officer of a private steel company resigns amid a corruption scandal and is murdered. The young secretary of the left wing trade union, Probir, and his friend Bijan, discover this, and are attacked by hired killers. Probir is killed and Bijan escapes. Probir's family, threatened by the killers and harassed by the police, leave their ...
Subah (1983)
VHS
Storage
Call No. VHS Videorecording 131
Based on the novel "Beghar", this movie is about the women's rehabilitation center in a small Indian town. A national award winner for best film of the year.
DVD
Van Pelt Video Collection
Call No. DVD 010 269
A family celebration of Durga Puja becomes a family feud, when each member brings his/her problems.
DVD
Storage
Call No. VHS PK1718.R24 M42 1990z
The daughter of a middle-class family becomes their sole provider and sacrifices herself to the point where her life and love are left in ruins.
DVD
Van Pelt Video Collection | Storage
Call No. DVD 010 868
Kunhikuttan is a Kathakali performer in a loveless marriage. He meets and falls in love with Subhadra, a beautiful woman of a higher caste. They begin a love affair which is doomed from the start.