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65,400 kilometers of highways are being constructed in India at a rate of 23 kilometers a day, crisscrossing regions previously accessible only via dirt roads and narrow trails. For the local population—villagers, laborers, and nomads—the shabby infrastructure was sufficient, preserving a traditional way of life for them and the animals they coexisted with. But India’s emerging middle class demands modernization, even at the cost of trampling those who stand in the way. One of these highways is being built in Dwarka, on the outskirts of Delhi, and the consequences are dramatic: activists protest, the poor are being forced out of their homes, real-estate salesmen have dollar signs in their eyes, dogs and cows and goats roam the construction site, looking for a way out. The camera moves between them all, showing the events from unexpected angles.

Previous Festivals: Arch Film Festival London 2021

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Screening Schedule:
  • Mon 05.07 | 17:00 | Cinematheque 4
  • Thu 08.07 | 10:45 | Cinematheque 2
  • Watch online | The film will be available From July 1st until July 31st

NITIN BATHLA is an Architect, artist, and educator currently pursuing Doctoral Studies at ETH Zurich. His work focuses on labour migration, land ecology, and housing in the extended urban region of Delhi. Aside from academic writing, he works on films, community art projects, and social design projects.

KLEARJOS EDUARDO PAPANICOLAOU is a Greek/Mexican filmmaker whose work and collaborations speculate on new forms of knowledge and storytelling framed by the idea of ‘city’. He is currently based in Zürich, where he teaches ethnographic filmmaking at the urban scale at the ETHZ.

Editing: Klearjos Eduardo Papanicolaou
Cinematography & Research: Nitin Bathla
Sound Design & Music: Ludwig Berger