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Cosmopolis : two tales of a city director by Paromita Vohra ; producer, Devi Pictures.

By: Vohra,Paromita.
Contributor(s): Devi Pictures | V Tape (Firm).
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Toronto Vtape Under construction c2004Edition: DVD video : NTSC color broadcast system : English.Description: 1 videodisc (85 min.) sd., col 4 3/4 in viewing copy.Other title: Two tales of a city [ ] | Forgotten city | Defeat of a minor goddess.Subject(s): Bombay (India) -- Social conditions | India -- Civilization | India -- Social conditions | India -- Social life and customs | Bombay (India) -- Social life and customsGenre/Form: Documentary filmDDC classification: 974.71
Contents:
The forgotten city: a poem called Mumbai, about a city built by workers. A skyline where mill chimneys are replaced by glinting, cylindrical highrises, that mimic their shape, but do not hold their memory. A singer who recites the names of train stations, a map in song. -- director's website. Defeat of a minor goddess: this is a film about food and faith. Anapurna, the goddess of food, a gorgeous meal of fish. Pleased, she blesses the city with gastronomic abundance and even reigns as its (very popular) patron deity. However, very soon she faces competition with the arrival her sister, Laxmi, the goddess of wealth. The rivalry between the goddesses manages to divide the city with all the classical intrigue, insecurity and jealousy that make up a good old fashioned battle. The city spirals into an escalating war over food and property, livelihood and living. Vegetarians don't want to live with non-vegetarians, Saraswat Brahmins don't want Jain neighbours and fishmongers don't want people of other communities to sell fish. Interweaving the fictional war between the goddesses with a documentary exploration of Bombay's food politics, the film interrogates the divisive politics that characterizes contemporary Bombay under its cosmopolitan costume. -- director's website.
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The forgotten city: a poem called Mumbai, about a city built by workers. A skyline where mill chimneys are replaced by glinting, cylindrical highrises, that mimic their shape, but do not hold their memory. A singer who recites the names of train stations, a map in song. -- director's website. Defeat of a minor goddess: this is a film about food and faith. Anapurna, the goddess of food, a gorgeous meal of fish. Pleased, she blesses the city with gastronomic abundance and even reigns as its (very popular) patron deity. However, very soon she faces competition with the arrival her sister, Laxmi, the goddess of wealth. The rivalry between the goddesses manages to divide the city with all the classical intrigue, insecurity and jealousy that make up a good old fashioned battle. The city spirals into an escalating war over food and property, livelihood and living. Vegetarians don't want to live with non-vegetarians, Saraswat Brahmins don't want Jain neighbours and fishmongers don't want people of other communities to sell fish. Interweaving the fictional war between the goddesses with a documentary exploration of Bombay's food politics, the film interrogates the divisive politics that characterizes contemporary Bombay under its cosmopolitan costume. -- director's website.

DVD-R, NTSC.

Forgotten city: Marathi dialogue with English subtitles ; Defeat of a minor goddess: English and Hindi dialogue with English subtitles.

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