New (Improved) Delhi

Director's Cut
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No Dialogue, 7 min, 2003, India

By the turn of the century, Edwin Lutyen's vision of colonial grandeur had metamorphosed into a New Delhi of global aspirations. The city has begun to love its new robes. But the hands that created the transformation have been forgotten: the metropolis has no space for the poor and their slums. Delhi has been witness to a spate of slum demolitions but 2000-2001 was the worst ever. More than 15,000 shanties, home to about 100,000 people, were destroyed. Thousands left the city and countless others lost their livelihoods, so that the city could 'reclaim' 1.5% of the total urban area of New Delhi. A short work propelled by an acapella chorus, the film welcomes you to the capital city of India.

Vani Subramanian
Awards and Screenings:

Ms Films, Durham, 2006
Cinema Nova, Brussels, 2005
Impakt Festival, Utrecht, 2004
Cinema Texas, Houston, 2004
Cinema Chicago, 2004
Edinburg Film Festival, UK 2004
Vikalp: Films for Freedom, Freedom for Film, Mumbai, 2004
In-Docs, Jakarta, 2004
New Asian Currents, Yamagata International Film Festival, 2003
North South Media Encounters, Geneva, 2003
Seoul Independent Documentary Film Festival, 2003