Deepa Dhanraj – Kya hua is shahar ko? AKA What Has Happened to This City? (1986)

From the Berlinale website:
A pioneering political work of contemporary relevance: Communal violence between Hindus and Muslims in 1984 forms the starting point for this film, whose complexity lends it immense political force. The film’s historical perspective is provided by a thorough commentary, which gives the camera’s particular presence the necessary depth and complexity. The mechanisms of political power struggles, the dynamics among those that hold power, and the instrumentalisation of economic relations and urban poverty make for a striking analysis, uniquely anticipating the subsequent development of communalist conflicts and the politics of marginalisation. The immediacy achieved by filming just as violence is unfolding juxtaposed with calm observations of the devastating consequences of living one’s life during a state of emergency, thus reaching a level of respectful lyricism and contemplation that make the film much more than just a worthy reportage.

Bonus material (included with the rip):
Video interviews with Deepa Dhanraj as well as Keshav Rao Jadhav, Vasanth Kannabiran, Rama Melkote and Vithal Rajan; members of Hyderabad Ekta, political activist group and collaborators for the film (India 2013, 70 min).

1.Political history
2. Hyderabad Ekta
3. Making the Film
4. Deepa Dhanraj, Director

1.08GB | 1h 31mn | 768×576 | mkv


About admin

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.