Q2P is a film about toilets and the city. It sifts through the dream of Mumbai as a future Shanghai and searches for public toilets, watching who has to queue to pee.
As the film observes who has access to toilets and who doesn’t, we begin to also see the imagination of gender that underlies the city’s shape, the constantly shifting boundaries between public and private space; we learn of small acts of survival that people in the city’s bottom half cobble together and quixotic ideas of social change that thrive with mixed results; we hear the silence that surrounds toilets and sense how similar it is to the silence that surrounds inequality. The toilet becomes a riddle with many answers and some of those answers are questions – about gender, about class, about caste and most of all about space, urban development and the twisted myth of the global metropolis.This film is produced by the PUKAR Gender & Space Project, funded by the Indo-Dutch Programme on Alternatives in Development (IDPAD). It has won the German Star of India award for Best Documentary at the Bollywood and Beyond Film Festival in Stuttgart and the Grand Jury Prize for best documentary at Indian Film Festival Los Angeles 2007.
Freedom Before 11
A Short Film on Women and Hostel Life … (25 minutes)
This film focuses on the ways in which women who live in hostels are perceived and the ways in which women negotiate hostel life in the city. The film aims to engage ideas about women’s “place” in the city and the “protection” of reputations of both “good” women and “good” women’s hostels.
The film is located in the broader context of the Gender and Space project; which seeks to explore the ways by which women experience public spaces, accessing them against all odds, transforming the very nature of urban life in the process. It was funded by the Indo-Dutch Programme for Alternative Development.
Portraits of Lane
A Short Film on Homes, Heritage and Mumbai City … (20 minutes)
This film portrays a group of young residents of Khotachiwadi village, a heritage precinct in South Mumbai, who converse with elderly residents who have lived in the neighbourhood and witnessed its changes.
Through intergenerational exchanges of Khotachiwadi residents, we learn about the wadi’s composite cultures and transformations. This film was produced as a part of the Khotachiwadi Project under the Neighbourhood Project 2003-2004 and was funded by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region – Heritage Conservation Society.
Aur Irani Chai
A Short Film on Migration, Memory and Mumbai City … (20 Minutes)
This film portrays a group of students from Wilson College in conversation with colleagues who run Irani cafés in the neighbourhood. The film traces the history of the Irani population in Mumbai through profiling several owners and workers at several cafes.
The film raises questions on how identity and ancestry come to play in a cosmopolitan city as diverse as Mumbai. This film was produced as a part of the Neighbourhood Project 2000-2001.
These films are available in VCD or DVD format at the PUKAR office for a small donation.
Then they came for my jeans….
This audio documentary raises questions about the dress codes being imposed on college students in various universities. The documentary is intended to be used as a starting point for discussions in colleges.
The documentary is located in the broader context of the Gender & Space project; which seeks to explore the ways by which women experience public spaces, accessing them against all odds, transforming the very nature of urban life in the process. It was funded by the Indo-Dutch Programme for Alternative Development.
‘English Jyaada Talking’
The workshops examined the spontaneous translations, skilful use of multiple languages and the constant creation of new words and concepts that characterize the city’s routine responses to its varied linguistic world.
These audio documentaries are available at the PUKAR office for a small donation.