Basmati Blues

Basmati Blues

Sloan Foundation Film

Release Date



  • Dan Baron


  • Brie Larson
  • Utkarsh Ambudkar
  • Donald Sutherland
  • Scott Bakula


  • Film Independent: Producer's Grant, 2007

A scientist creates genetically modified rice and is sent India to sell it to rural farmers.

Basmati Blues is a musical comedy that follows a brilliant sheltered young scientist (Brie Larson) who is plucked out of her company lab and sent to India by her CEO to sell the genetically modified rice she created—which she doesn’t realize will destroy the Indian farmers she thinks she’s helping.

Possible Topics

  • Rural food production
  • How is genetically modified food impacting farmers?