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Fri Dec 12 2014, 9:15pm

Where: Shaw Lido , 350 Orchard Road, 5th/ 6th Floor, Shaw House , Tanglin, Singapore

Restrictions: All ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $12.00
  • Additional fees may apply

In the sprawling metropolis of Mumbai, the lives of workers, trade unionists, academics, and migrants collide in the courtroom, a theatre unveiling the power structures of society.

In Chaitanya Tamhane’s multilingual piece, the story follows a court case in which a Dalit folk singer is tried for abetting the suicide of a manhole worker with his inflammatory song. Despite not having a strong case, the authoritative powers seem more interested in trial procedures than justice, and the prejudices that lie within each member of the courtroom are slowly revealed.

With a cast that is primarily made up of non-actors, Tamhane’s film is almost as realistic as a documentary. It is a bold artistic choice for the young director, but ultimately pays off in this searing examination of power and inequality in contemporary Mumbai.

Filmmaker in attendance.