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Oral History Interview with Amy Laly

Amy Laly was born in Northern India in 1947. Shortly after the Partition of India, her family moved to Bombay where she and her three siblings and parents lived. She started her undergraduate education at the University of Bombay and then migrated to the United States to complete her education. She came to Portland, Oregon in 1966 to attend university there and eventually completed her Master’s of Business Administration. After working at the Bon Marche and the United Way of King County, Ms. Laly joined Boeing and has been working there for nearly 25 years. Starting with her time in Portland and through her time in Seattle, Ms. Laly was closely involved with the Civil Rights and women’s rights movements. She remains an avid and passionate champion of social justice. She also has a deep interest in Indian cinema and music. She is often called upon by local organizations to speak on the histories and nuances of Indian film. She has long been involved with the Seattle International Film Festival and also with the Langston Hughes African American Film Festival. Ms. Laly is also an accomplished documentary film-maker. She made two films in the 1990s: Ballad of the Causeway, which is a piece on Main Street Bombay, and Jala Do – Torch the Pyre, which focuses on the systematic persecution of the Muslims in India. Both films have been screened widely extensively at film festivals, colleges, universities, middle schools, churches and public and private events. Ms. Laly currently resides in the Madison Park neighborhood of Seattle.

Date: September 20, 2007
Subject(s): Amy Laly
Type: Oral History
Language: English
Creator: Amy Bhatt
Location: Washington

Holding Institution: University of Washington
Collection: South Asian Oral History Project at the University of Washington
Additional Information: Phase 2
Item History: 2017-01-22 (created); 2017-01-22 (modified)

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