The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will hold special screening of Satyajit Ray’s Apu Trilogy using new prints of the films preserved by the Academy Film Archive.

Actress Sharmila Tagore (Apur Sansar) and Dilip Basu, Founding Director of the Satyajit Ray Film and Study Center collection at the University of California will be present as special guests for the screenings.

Pather Panchali and Aparajito will be screened on September 6 while Apur Sansar will be screened on September 9 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Satyajit Ray received an Honorary Award from the Academy  in 1992 “in recognition of his rare mastery of the art of motion pictures, and of his profound humanitarian outlook, which has had an indelible influence on filmmakers and audiences throughout the world.”

The Academy Film Archive’s Satyajit Ray Preservation Project is an ongoing effort to preserve and restore Ray’s entire filmography. It began in 1992, after the producers of the Oscar telecast, who were gathering clips for the presentation of Ray’s Honorary Award, discovered that there were very few prints or video masters of Ray’s films in the United States, and that they were incomplete and in poor condition.