Kya hua is shahar ko? (What Has Happened to This City?) - dir. Deepa Dhanraj

  • Kya hua is shahar ko? (What Has Happened to This City?) - dir. Deepa Dhanraj

A pioneering political work of contemporary relevance: Communal violence between Hindus and Muslims in 1984 forms the starting point for this film, whose complexity lends it immense political force.

The film’s historical perspective is provided by a thorough commentary, which gives the camera’s particular presence the necessary depth and complexity. The mechanisms of political power struggles, the dynamics among those that hold power, and the instrumentalisation of economic relations and urban poverty make for a striking analysis, uniquely anticipating the subsequent development of communalist conflicts and the politics of marginalisation. The immediacy achieved by filming just as violence is unfolding juxtaposed with calm observations of the devastating consequences of living one’s life during a state of emergency, thus reaching a
level of respectful lyricism and contemplation that make the film much more than just a worthy reportage.

Kya hua is shahar ko? is being digitalised, restored and screened again for the first time in 27 years as part of the ”Living Archive” project. A DVD including additional historical and contemporary material is due for release in June 2013.
 

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Other archival events from that cycle:

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19:00 Film screening Death Metal Angola (dir. Jeremy Xido) Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Emilia Pavilion
ul. Emilii Plater 51, Warsaw
19:00 Film screening Oberhausen on tour Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Emilia Pavilion
ul. Emilii Plater 51, Warsaw
19:00 Film screening From Gulf to gulf to Gulf - CAMP Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Emilia Pavilion
ul. Emilii Plater 51, Warsaw
19:00 Film screening The Fencing Play (dir. Lukas Jiřička, Martin Ježek, Robert Piotrowicz) and Exterior Extended (dir. Siegfried A. Fruhauf) Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Emilia Pavilion
ul. Emilii Plater 51, Warsaw
19:00 Film screening Island Jungle (dir. Jack Smith) and Cobra Woman (dir. Robert Siodmak) Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Emilia Pavilion
ul. Emilii Plater 51, Warsaw
19:00 Film screening Haiti: art, Kanaval and vodouDiscussion with Leah Gordon (Ghetto Biennale) and Sebastian Rypson (Anthropologists in Art) Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Emilia Pavilion
ul. Emilii Plater 51, Warsaw
19:00 Film screening The Irreducible Difference Of The Other (2013) & Beauty Becomes The Beast (1979) by Vivienne Dick Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Emilia Pavilion
ul. Emilii Plater 51, Warsaw