Tomorrow We Disappear
The puppeteers, performers, and magicians of the Kathputli colony in Delhi are the last slum-dweller–artists of their kind. When their land is sold to high-rise developers, they must fight for the only home they know. Fending off relocation, they struggle to keep their mystical Indian folk arts alive and to conserve what beauty remains as they are forced into someone else’s vision of the future. Tomorrow We Disappear is not just documentation, but ultimately becomes an extraordinary act of preservation. In Hindi with subtitles.
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★★★★½ review by jacklynn on Letterboxd
I am not a fan of this movie poster, but the movie itself was awesome. Got to hear the director answer questions about the movie afterwards and he was terrific at answering questions and seemed like a genuinely thoughtful person.
★★★★ review by Steve Rogers on Letterboxd
An excellent documentary about an artist community being relocated to make room for a high rise and mall. It follows the story over for years with a resolution that is unknown at the time the film concludes. Filled with humanity and a need to express themselves, the film Durant judge but presents a picture of the families and their way of life. The "temporary" living arrangements that have been built for them by the developers is nothing more than small cubes.
★★★½ review by Chris Harrop on Letterboxd
“Our way of life, our culture, and our art will not fit into flats.”
While so much of this is solid moment-in-time documentary filmmaking, it's more of a look into the fight-or-flight response rendered on a community scale and the inertia faced when developers seek to capitalize on the divide-and-conquer tactics of forced relocation. The bits about the artistic heritage of the colony are mostly overwhelmed by the group dynamics as the residents face signing off on moving to temporary camps so that their homes can be razed for a high-rise apartment complex.
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