Beautiful, sad and stunning, the film lovingly but unflinchingly documents the destructive collision between tradition and modernization, between ramshackle artistry and regimented bureaucracy.
— The Wrap
Join us for an exclusive screening of the powerful film: Tomorrow We Disappear, in collaboration with SPUR. The film follows three of Kathputli’s most-talented performers as they wrangle with the reality of their approaching eviction. The film chronicles a turning point in the lives of these performers, with the hopes of anticipating what’s to come in India’s future and preserving what’s being left behind.
When their home is sold to real-estate developers, the magicians, acrobats, and puppeteers of Delhi’s Kathputli Colony must find a way to unite—or splinter apart forever. At first glance, the Kathputli Colony looks like any other Indian slum. Flies swarm its putrid canals. Children climb on drooping electrical wires. Construction cranes and an ever-expanding Metro line loom on the horizon. But Kathputli is a place of endangered traditions. For half a century 2,800 artist families have called its narrow alleyways home; there are jugglers and acrobats, pup- peteers and painters, bards and poets, and most famously, jadugars, the street performers who preserve India’s ancient tradition of magic. In 2010 the New Delhi government sold Kathputli to developers for a fraction of its worth. The land is to be bulldozed to make room for the city’s first-ever skyscraper, The Raheja Phoenix.
Doors: 6:00pm, Screening: 6:15 pm
Tickets are free for museum members; $12 for non-members online, $15 at the door (credit card only).
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