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


Video: Vertical City Trailer

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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 or 26 minutes

Links

Other sites

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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

Production years

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