Not Just Roads is a feature-length documentary film, which explores the recent history of planetary entanglements between the built environment, monetary speculation, and everyday life. It focuses on the sensorium of an urban expressway located on the peripheries of Delhi, the Dwarka Expressway. Currently, these territories are inhabited by agricultural and working-class communities and nomadic herders and criss-crossed by native trails and vital ecological commons. The film captures the friction between the social and material lives of these competing life worlds, shifting between the sensorium of the worlds outside and inside of the gated utopias along the expressway. It journeys working class neighbourhoods undergoing demolition, construction landscapes, protests sites, and the persuasive pitches by the real estate salesmen attempting to sell dreamscapes.
The film has been directed, written and produced by Nitin Bathla and Klearjos Eduardo Papanicolaou in collaboration with Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (India Office), ETH Zürich, Andromeda Film AG and Swiss Films.
This film was premiered at the Architecture Film Festival London 2021, where it was shortlisted as part of the 2021 International Film Competition. It was featured as part of the ‘Beyond the screen competition’ at the DocAviv Film Festival 2021, and was screened at the Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam, and the Copenhagen Architecture Festival 2021, All living things Environmental Film Festival 2021, Dharamshala International Film Festival 2021, and Indian Documentary Film Festival Of Bhubaneswar 2022 in India, EATSA Film Festival 2021, Portugal Regard Bleu Ethnographic Film Festival 2022 in Zurich and the International Symposium on Film, Architecture, and Urban Studies 2022. Besides film festivals, the film has been screened at several universities across the world such as the Humboldt University, Germany, Syracuse University, USA, York University, Canada, State University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In 2022, the film won the prestigious Society of Architecture Film Award.
More about the film here www.notjustroadsfilm.com
11th January 2023 @ 11.20 AM - 01.20 PM IST MUMBAI
Venue: Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture and Environmental Studies (KRVIA), Vidyanidhi Bhawan II, Vidyanidhi Marg, Gulmohar Road, MHADA Colony, J.V.P.D. Scheme, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400049
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13th January 2023 @ 02.30 - 04.30 PM IST NEW DELHI
Venue: Room 117 Karampura Campus, Ambedkar University Delhi, Satyadev Upadhyay Marg, Moti Nagar, Karampura Industrial Area, Karam Pura, New Delhi, Delhi 110015
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Contact - notjustroadsfilm(at)gmail.com or anurag.shanker(at)fes-india.org
Not Just Roads – A sensory immersion into urban transformations shaping in the peripheries of Delhi
Not Just Roads