Breakin' Mumbai

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English (subtitled), 33 min, 2012, India

Breaking, a dance form that started back in the 70s in the Bronx, New York finds its way in the streets of Mumbai and is appropriated by the youth of the city and has molded itself to fit into their everyday lives. The film looks at how Breaking becomes a site of expression of subaltern youth cultures in the city of Mumbai. The film also foregrounds the question of and critically reflects on, who the city belongs to and who can stake claim to the city space. While exploring the relationship of the characters with the city, the film dwells on the question of how space is contested and avenues for leisure in Mumbai. Through the personal lives of 21-year-old Gani, 18-year-old Aman and their friends, the film tries to understand the dynamics of breaking, what breaking means to them and how it becomes the mode of their self-expression.

 
Producer:
School of Media and Cultural Studies, TISS
 
Creative Crew
Camera:
Aakrti Kohli, Sandeep Kr. Singh, Shweta Ghosh, Siam Dousel, Sumit Singh
Editing:
Aakrti Kohli, Sandeep Kr. Singh, Shweta Ghosh, Siam Dousel, Sumit Singh
Sound:
Aakrti Kohli, Sandeep Kr. Singh, Shweta Ghosh, Siam Dousel, Sumit Singh
Music:
Aakrti Kohli, Sandeep Kr. Singh, Shweta Ghosh, Siam Dousel
 
Awards and Screenings:

 
Waqar Pyare Khan Memorial Prize (2011-12) for the Best Film Award at SMCS, TISS, Mumbai
Certificate of Merit for Best Film in Documentary (Up to 30 min.) and Certificate of Merit for Best Film in Student Non-Fiction, 10th IDPA Award of Excellence, 2013
 
Screenings:
Fresh Pick of the year NCPA, Mumbai, 2013
Urban Lens: A Festival of Films and the City, Bangalore, 2013,
9th IAWRT Asian Women’s Film Festival, 2013, New Delhi
7th SiGNS Film Festival, Thiruvananthapuram, 2013
9th Jeevika Asia Livelihood Documentry, New Delhi, 2012
Clapstick 12th International Students’ Film Festival, Kolkata, 2012
5th Cut.In National Student Film Festival, Mumbai, 2012
Vikalp@Alliance: Dance in the City, Dance of the City, Mumbai, 2012
Kunzum Travel Café, New Delhi, 2013