The City Beautiful

Sundar Nagri
Director:
Rahul Roy
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English (subtitled), 78 min, 2003, India

Sunder Nagri (Beautiful City) is a small working class colony on the margins of India's capital city, Delhi. Most families residing here come from a community of weavers. The last ten years have seen a gradual disintegration of the handloom tradition of this community under the globalisation regime. The families have to cope with change as well as reinvent themselves to eke out a living.
 
Radha and Bal Krishan are at a critical point in their relationship. Bal Krishan is underemployed and constantly cheated. They are in disagreement about Radha going out to work. However, through all their ups and downs they retain the ability to laugh. Shakuntla and Hira Lal hardly communicate. They live under one roof with their children but are locked in their own sense of personal tragedies.

 
Producer:
Rahul Roy
 
Creative Crew
Camera:
Rahul Roy
Editing:
Reena Mohan
Sound:
Asheesh Pandya
 
Awards and Screenings:

Le Prix international de la Scam at Cinema Du Reel
Basil Wright Film Prize at RAI International Film Festival, UK
OCIC/SIGNIS Prize at Mostra International Film Festival, Rio De Janeiro
Second Prize at the Jeevika Livelihood Documentary Festival, Delhi

Screened at:
The Leipzig International Documentary Festival, Germany
Other Worlds Are Breathing, World Social Forum, Mumbai
Cinema Du Reel, Paris
Munich International Documentary Film Festival
Goettingen International Ethnographic Film Festival, Germany
Jeevika National Livelihood Documentary Festival, Delhi
Vikalp: Films For Freedom, Mumbai
Beeld Voor Beeld, Amsterdam
Vermont International Film Festival, USA
Filmer à tout prix, Brussels
Lisbon International Documentary Festival, Portugal
South Asian International Film Festival, New York
Muenster Ethnographic Film Festival, Muenster, Germany
RAI International Ethnographic Film Festival, UK
Film South Asia, Kathmandu
Dacca International Film Festival, Bangladesh
Doc’s Kingdom, Portugal
Sardinia International Ethnographic Film Festival
Mostra International Film Festival of Ethnographic Films, Rio De Janeiro