Synopsis: ‘City Girls’ is an intimate portrayal of two young girls from small towns of India now living in Delhi. The film attempts to deconstruct the image of ‘the city’ and what it means for a young woman brought up in an ‘elsewhere’ she’s longed to escape from all her life.

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Synopsis: Exploring the changing realities of the Koli community of Mumbai. One of Mumbai’s native inhabitants who live along its coastline have seen it all, from the seven islands to the bustling and ever growing metropolis that the city has now become. Shot across three Koliwadas, the urban fishing villages in which the Koli’s reside, in Khar Danda, Madh and Versova, we have tried to mirror the Kolis as they navigate through their daily lives, from the sea where they go to catch the fish early morning, to the fish auctions at the end of each day and the time in between where life has other things in store for them.

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Synopsis – Yadav ji, is from Benaras. He came to Mumbai when he was 18 to become a taxi driver following some friends who were already here. When he arrived, he was introduced to the street food selling scene in Mumbai by a friend who sold peanuts on the railway platform. Embarrassed by that, he wanted to drop everything and go back. But he resolved that he wouldn’t return home unless he made something of himself. This is a humble story of a man in search of a living, his journey in finding joy in hardship and making friends with struggle all in a day’s work.

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Synopsis: In an uncertain future, when Vietnam is on the edge of being submerged in water, the son who is far away from home reimagines his family’s memories. “The City of Mirrors: A Fictional Biography” enters the inner world of the filmmaker: his childhood memories, his family’s everyday life in their hometown… and by the magical transformations of cinema, those trivial stories and those banal images suddenly become un-real as if they are the reflections of what is beyond the reality.

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Synopsis: Guwahati city is situated beside the majestic river Brahmaputra. Every year the city faces flash floods during the monsoon due to heavy rainfall and abundance of water in the filled up river. In the same city, dwellers have to continuously struggle for water throughout the year. Water thus in itself becomes an irony for the city.

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Synopsis: Three generations of the Phadke family live together in their ancestral home in downtown Mumbai. With her brother’s wedding coming up, and her own misgivings towards marriage, the filmmaker turns the camera inwards towards her family. Rooted in the ebbs and flows of ‘unspectacular time’, the personal becomes political as power structures within the family first become visible, and eventually, unravel. Cruel and comic in equal measure, the film vignettes the vagaries of affection across generations within this family – tied together by something stranger than love.

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Synopsis: Kolkata, the city, has been shaped by its location, the wars that have been fought via its ports, the waves of migration from across the borders, and of course, the ubiquitous British presence and its shape shifting morality.   In this film, Prof Paromita Chakraborty of Jadavpur University explores how Kolkata was also inherently shaped by sex work;  the way the city spread,  the gender roles tightened, and the class dynamic solidified. The film looks at the current pandemic as an echo from the past, when the British passed  the Contagious Diseases Act of the 1860s, which gave the state the power to regulate ‘common prostitutes’, in order to reduce the prevalence of sexually transmitted diseases within the British army and navy.   Creating a visual experience of Kolkata being built through the eyes of the sex workers, the film combines archive material with impressionistic recreations, to tell the tale of one of the oldest cities through one of the oldest professions.

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