QUARTER NUMBER 4/11 (2012) [feature]

(MIFF 2014 )
Director: Ranu Ghosh

One man's struggle against eviction and urban redevelopment in Kolkata.

In 1993, a large factory in Kolkata was shut down, leaving its workers (many of whom lived on-site for years) unemployed. With his livelihood gone and a protracted case against the company ongoing, one of the workers has refused to leave; his tiny domicile gradually dwarfed by the apartment blocks and shopping complexes being constructed on the factory remains.

Over a six-year period, filmmaker Ranu Ghosh depicts the everyday life of the protagonist and his family as he engages in a David-versus-Goliath-style struggle against infinitely more powerful forces; the result is a heartrending documentary portrayal of disadvantage and survival.

"Ghosh … deftly moves between structure and occupant, between the little guy and the concrete behemoth." – Live Mint

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