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Film Program: Bidesia in Bambai by Surabhi Sharma

Fri, April 27, 2018 7:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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Alwan for the Arts and 3rd i NY present:

Bidesia in Bambai | Surabhi Sharma

Feature Documentary | India | 2013 | 86 minutes

In Bhojpuri and Hindi with English subtitles

View trailer.

Post-screening discussion with filmmaker Surabhi Sharma via Skype videoconference.

Doors open at 6:30 pm

Suggested contribution: $10 General Admission | $5 Students and Seniors

Bidesia is Bhojpuri for ‘the one who leaves home’. One in four migrants in Mumbai is Bhojpuri, a people from the north Indian states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Bambai is their name for Mumbai/Bombay.

The Bidesia in Bambai, like most migrants in this ‘global city’, inhabit its precarious edges. Mobile phones bridge a tenuous connection between home and the city. Along with his meagre belongings, the migrant also brings with him a vibrant musical culture. This music is frequently sexually charged, at times religious, often lyrical and occasionally political.

Bidesia in Bambai is a film that attempts to make the migrant visible, in a city that renders him illegal and unwanted, in and through the musical sphere that he inhabits. This is a story of music, migration and mobile phones.

About the Filmmaker

Surabhi Sharma is a filmmaker based in Mumbai. She has worked on several feature length documentaries as well as short fiction films and video installations. Her key focus has been documenting cities in transition through the lens of labour, music and migration, and most recently reproductive labour. Cinema verite and ethnography are the genres that inform her filmmaking.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Alwan for the Arts is supported, in part, by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the New York State Council of the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

3rd i NY Film Programming is made possible in part with public funds from the Fund for Creative Communities, supported by New York State Council on the Arts, and the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, both in partnership with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. We thank Alwan for the Arts for hosting our film screenings and to the SINGH Foundation for acting as our fiscal sponsor.

Last updated: 2018-04-20 12:44:34

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