Design Museum San Francisco hosted a film screening last week of Tomorrow We Disappear, in conjunction with SPUR. The screening was followed by a Q&A with Adam Weber, the co-director and producer of the film.
Tomorrow We Disappear profiles several performing artists living in Kathputli Colony, an impoverished neighborhood in Delhi. Though many of the artist residents of the neighborhood have been recognized by international arts organizations for their work to preserve traditional Indian puppetry, theater, and gymnastics, their status as “slum” residents has made them vulnerable to property developers looking to build Delhi’s tallest skyscraper.
After the screening, director Adam Weber said that although the film depicts a gentrification story similar to those happening around the world, he hoped to convey the residents’ sense of identity crisis. “Are we artists, or are we poor people?” says one resident toward the end of the film. Faced with the prospect of moving into a transitional camp without plumbing or electricity, while their own ad-hoc homes and alleyways are demolished, these award-winning performance artists struggle to assert their rights. Within their own community, consensus is difficult to find.
In case you missed it, the film is available for download from the filmmakers’ site. Thank you to our volunteers and to SPUR for providing the venue.