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Vertical City

Directed by Avijit Mukul Kishore
Produced by Rajiv Mehrotra
A visual essay on the dystopic architecture of contemporary Bombay
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Overview

Genre
Anthropology, Social Issues, Human Rights, Politics, and Public Affairs
Synopsis

A visual essay on the architecture of a dystopia. In the far suburbs of Bombay residents from slums are given free houses in high-rise building complexes with the promise of a better life. The State imagined these constructions as the realisation of an urban utopia. But the project is seen as a move to free prime slum land for commercial development. The complexes soon degenerate into places worse than slums. The film lets the viewer experience the living conditions of places hidden away in a 21st century metropolis.

Stage
finished
Running time
34 and 26 minutes

Credits

  • Avijit Mukul Kishore ... Director
  • Avijit Mukul Kishore ... Cinematographer
  • Suresh Rajamani ... Sound Recordist
  • Rikhav Desai ... Editor
  • Simon Fisher Turner ... Composer
  • Rebana John ... Assistant Director
  • Rajiv Mehrotra ... Producer
  • Tulika Srivastava ... Executive Producer
  • Pritam Das, Boby John ... Sound Post-production

Production Details

Prod. Co.
Public Service Broadcasting Trust
Country
India
Years of Production
2010
Locations
Bombay, India

Distribution Details

Release year
2011
Festivals
Sheffield Doc/fest, Dok-Leipzig, Indian Panorama, IFFI, Goa, London International Documentary Festival, INIVA, Institute of International Visual Art, London, International Documentary and Short Film Festival, Trivandrum, PSBT Open Frame Festival, Delhi
Awards
London International Documentary Festival - Special Jury Mention, International Documentary and Short Film Festival, Trivandrum - Special Jury Mention
Broadcast (Prod.)
Doordarshan India
Language
English and Hindi
Subtitles
English

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