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75 min | Hindi, English, Tamil & Marathi with English subtitles | India | 1985
Production, Direction, Editing: Anand Patwardhan
Bombay Our City tells the story of the daily battle for survival of the 4 million slum dwellers of Bombay who make up half the city’s population. Although they are Bombay’s workforce – industrial labourers, construction workers, domestic servants – they are often denied city utilities like electricity, sanitation, and water.
Many slum dwellers must also face the constant threat of eviction as city authorities carry out campaigns to “beautify” the city.
Bombay Our City is an indictment of injustice and misery, and a call to action on the side of the slumdwellers.
The screening will be followed by a discussion with the filmmaker, Anand Patwardhan and writer, Janaki Nair. A Q&A with the audience will follow.
Anand Patwardhan has a large body of 18 documentary features and shorts, of which we will screen 4 films. This is the third film in our three day retrospective of his work.
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Anand Patwardhan has been making documentary films for over five decades, pursuing issues at the crux of social and political life in India. His films, often banned by state channels, became the subject of litigation where he successfully challenged censorship rulings in court. Working for inter-faith harmony and in movements against unsustainable development, militarism and nuclear nationalism, Anand describes himself as a “non-serious human being forced by circumstances to make serious films”.
Janaki Nair worked at the Madras Institute of Development Studies, Chennai and the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Kolkata, before she joined the Centre for Historical Studies, JNU, as Professor, Modern History, until retirement in 2020. She has also been a Visiting Professor at Azim Premji University from 2020-22. Her teaching and research interests over the last three decades have included labour and urban history, the history of the law, and of visual culture and practices, as well as feminist history.
A large part of her published work pertains to the Princely state of Mysore in the colonial period, and to contemporary Karnataka. Her published works include Mysore Modern: Rethinking the Region under Princely Rule (2011); The Promise of the Metropolis: Bangalore’s Twentieth Century (2005); Miners and Millhands: Work, Culture and Politics in Princely Mysore (1998); and Women and Law in Colonial India (1996).