The 13th annual Tribeca Film Festival began on April 17th and ended on April 27th. Started after the events of September 11, 2001 as a way to bring people back to New York City, the festival brings people together to celebrate film. This article will take a look at one documentary from the festival: "Tomorrow We Disappear".
The film was directed by Jim Goldblum and Adam M. Weber and looks at the Kathputli Colony of New Delhi. The Colony is inhabited by the last of India's greatest street magicians, acrobats, and puppeteers. Specifically the movie follows three artists from the colony,Puran the Puppeteer, Rahman the Magician, and Maya the Acrobat, over a three year period. The major conflict in "Tomorrow We Disappear" is that developers want to take the land and relocate the artists elsewhere. The documentary premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and included a Q &A from the directors.
"Tomorrow We Disappear" is a moving film that presents several different ways of looking at the plight of the artists. It asks the question of if the people of Kathputli Colony should be treated as poor people or as artists. The direction and cinematography is stunning as it wonderfully captures the sights and sounds of India and her people. Furthermore, despite being about a specific group of people in a specific place it presents the universal struggle between the modern and the old, the rich and the poor.
This is a documentary worth seeing and a fascinating story. If interested in learning more about the film and the people of Kathputli Colony visit the official website for the film here.