TOMORROW WE DISAPPEAR
Sponsored by: Armstrong Field Real Estate & Wire 4 Hire
Directed by Jimmy Goldblum and Adam Weber
At first glance, the Kathputli Colony looks like any other Indian slum. Flies swarm its putrid canals, children climb on drooping electrical wires, and construction cranes and an ever-expanding Metro line loom on the horizon. But Kathputli is a place of endangered traditions. For half a century, 2,800 artist families have called its narrow alleyways home; there are jugglers and acrobats, puppeteers and painters, bards and poets, and most famously, jadugars, the street performers who preserve India’s ancient tradition of magic.
In 2010, the New Delhi government sold Kathputli to developers for a fraction of its worth. The land is to be bulldozed to make room for the city’s first-ever skyscraper, The Raheja Phoenix. We follow three of Kathputli’s most-talented performers as they wrangle with the reality of their approaching eviction.