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Fri 02.18.2011

Jugaad Urbanism Film Series: 3 Shorts - Ambarin, Occupation: Millworker and Soma Girls

When: 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18

Where: At The Center   

A film by Saurabh Monga & Netarpal Singh
Based in Mumbai, a city teeming and breathing off the sounds and movements produced by Bollywood, Ambarin chronicles the journey of a young, independent Indian girl trying to define herself and a generation, by looking to sounds and inspirations beyond Bollywood and Indian borders, through a medium of dance that was born in the slums of New York. Ambarin, a soft-spoken, 21-year-old Mumbaikar, is the first B-girl (female 'breaker') in India. Breaking, or BBoying/Bgirling, is a dance of both grace and aggression, predominately led by males, and is an 'underground' subculture for youth across the globe. For Ambarin to adopt this dance as a passion, and to want to make it a career, positions her against her family and—as a Muslim—makes her explore what is accepted of her based on her religion, only to push beyond obstacles and do what she feels is true in her heart. 

Discussion and Q&A to follow with Nisha Mistry.

Directed by Anand Patwardhan
Textile mills once were the backbones of Bombay's economy, and their laborers provided the city its working class culture. Today, foreign investment and rising real-estate prices have made selling mill lands more profitable than running them. Mill 'sickness' is now an epidemic. Occupation: Millworker records the courageous action of workers who, after a four-year lockout, forcibly occupied The New Great Eastern Mill.

Directed by Nandini Sikand and Alexia Prichard.
India, 2009, 27 min. In Bengali and English.
The red-light district near the famed Kali Temple of Kolkata is the setting for this touching and inspiring documentary revolving around the daughters of sex workers. Each girl is painfully aware of their individual circumstances and yet they play, dance, study and speak of wanting to grow-up to become independent, and find a way to get their mothers and sisters out of the trade. Neil Nitin Mukesh, Soha Ali Khan, Kay Kay Menon. Sudhir Misra, Tutu Sharma, and Manu Kumaran in person.

Discussion and Q&A with Nandini Sikand.

The Jugaad Urbanism Film Series will take place Fridays throughout the exhibition duration, starting at 6:30pm:

February 11: The Great Indian Jugaad
February 18: 3 shorts - Ambarin, Occupation:Millworker, and Soma Girls - Q&A to follow with Director Nandini Sikand and Nisha Mistry
February 25: Salaam Bombay! - Q&A to follow with Director Mira Nair
March 4: Delhi 6
March 11: Dharavi Slum for Sale
March 18: Khosla ka Gosla
March 25: Bombay Summer- Q&A to follow with Director Joseph Mathew
April 1: 7 Islands and a Metro
April 8: Cinema City - 5 shorts
April 15: Rafting to Bombay

Free for AIA and CFA members, New School students and faculty, IAAC members, and SIAEA members; $10 general admission.

Exhibition and related programs are organized by AIA New York in partnership with the Center for Architecture Foundation, the India China Institute at The New School , the Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC) and the Society of Indo-American Engineers and Architects (SIAEA).

Jugaad Urbanism is supported in part by grants from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The exhibition is also supported by the donations of those who attended our first-ever exhibition fundraising event, the screening of the film Dharavi, Slum for Sale by Lutz Konermann. Special thanks to Umberto Dindo, Secretary of the AIA New York Chapter, Lutz Konermann, and Catherine Scharf, Head of the Cultural Department at the Consulate General of Switzerland for their generous support of this event.

We are also grateful to the following sponsors for their significant contributions to the exhibition:


Lead Sponsors:

Society of Indo-American Engineers and Architects

Bittersweet NYC

Benjamin Moore
Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
Perkins Eastman
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill


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