Urban re-design and development can often result in unexpected consequences, such as the displacement of close-knit communities. That’s the theme of our upcoming screening of the film Tomorrow We Disappear, a visceral and timely look at the impact of gentrification set in the last days of Kathputli, a hand-built colony of artists and performers in New Delhi, India.
It’s a moving story about how a community of artists came together in their struggle to face impending eviction from their homes, threatened by the construction of the city’s first-ever skyscraper. The film explores an array of subjects, including community, urban sociology, and family tradition, as it follows the Kathputli’s most talented and respected artists: a puppeteer, a street magician, and a young acrobat.
Join us for the film screening on Wednesday, February 3, at The Real News Network in downtown Baltimore. After the screening, we will lead a discussion on the film’s finer points.
7:00 Film Screening
This event is free and open to the public. Please register to attend the event.
The Real News Network is convenient to MTA Bus Routes, and it’s in walking distance of the Charm City Circulator Purple Line and MTA Light Rail stops at Penn Station. Parking is available along Holliday Street and in the parking lot under I-83 along Saratoga St between Holliday and N Gay St.
More about the Film:
After years of wandering the Indian countryside, a group of itinerant artists settled in New Delhi in an area which would become known as the “Kathputli Colony”. This tent village on the outskirts of the city became home to New Delhi’s magicians, puppeteers and circus performers who found work performing in the city.
Succumbing to the same fate as many disenfranchised communities around the world, Kathputli was sold to developers by the New Delhi Government in 2010. The land, sold for a fraction of its worth, is to be bulldozed to make room for the city’s first-ever skyscraper, The Raheja Phoenix.
We follow three of Kathputli’s most-talented performers as they wrangle with the reality of their approaching eviction. The film chronicles a turning point in the lives of these performers, with the hopes of anticipating what is to come in India’s future, and preserving what is left behind.
Watch the Trailer and find out more about the film at twdfilm.com.