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Screening of Humara Shahar ('Bombay: Our City')

Thursday, June 09, 2005
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Station 40
3030 B 16th Street @ Mission

Join us for a screening of Humara Shahar (BOMBAY: OUR CITY). This award-winning documentary by noted Indian filmmaker Anand Patwardhan is a timely reminder of the plight of slum dwellers in one of Asia's largest cities.

The city government in Bombay recently embarked on a brutal drive to demolish slum and informal housing settlements. Over 100,000 homes have been destroyed in the past few months, and soon half a million people will be left without any shelter from the monsoon rains. This screening will be held in aid of the Narmada Nav Nirman Abhiyan, a registered non-profit that has fought for the housing rights of the urban poor in Bombay over the past two decades. Its original membership comprised of aboriginals displaced by a complex of dams proposed for Narmada river in Central India. Narmada Nav Nirman Abhiyan is currently fighting the city, state and federal government in India, demanding that India's poor not be forgotten whilst India embraces 'free-market' reforms and capitalist development in its neo-colonial incarnation.

Station 40
3030 B 16th Street @ Mission

Thursday, June 9th
7 pm
$10 suggested donation

Samosas and ragda pattice will be served before the screening.

Write to to reserve a seat at the screening or if have any questions about the film.

See you at the screening!

Humara Shahar (BOMBAY: OUR CITY) tells the story of the daily battle for survival of Bombay's slum dwellers. Half of Bombay's population and almost the city's entire workforce - its industrial laborers, construction workers, domestic servants - live in slum settlements. Yet slum dwellers are denied their basic right to water and sanitation, and are the target of police brutality.

BOMBAY: OUR CITY was written, directed and edited by noted Indian filmmaker Anand Patwardhan. This documentary serves as an indictment of injustice and misery in the world's largest democracy, and is a call to action.

"Patwardhan gives us this story simply and clearly, with restrained passion, and it becomes, finally, appalling and moving."
- Michael Wilmington, Los Angeles Times

"One of the best documentaries I have ever seen."
- Sean Cubitt, City Limits

** First Prize Winner, 1986 Cinema du Reel
** 1985 Margaret Mead Film Festival
** 1985 Berlin Film Festival
** 1985 Leipzig Film Festival
** 1985 London Film Festival

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