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YA HUA IS SHAHAR KO? / WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO THIS CITY?

YA HUA IS SHAHAR KO? / WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO THIS CITY? (YA HUA IS SHAHAR KO? / WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO THIS CITY?) Deepa Dhanraj, IN 1986, 95 min

The movie-political pioneered by Deepa Dhanraj, for the first time in the restored version on DVD!

WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO THIS CITY? explores the processes of political maneuvering which led to the Hyderabad communal riots in 1984. The city’s history, the provocative speeches of its politicians and the instrumentalisation of religious processions stand next to the testimonies and the striking visual accounts of the Old City’s working class–those who lose their livelihoods through violent attacks and long periods of imposed curfew. The film is  pioneering in recording and analyzing the rhetoric and visual expression of Hindu nationalist and supremacist politics. Initially shot for the local communities in Hyderabad, its courage in capturing the ensuing violence combined with
its respectful lyricism and contemplation, enhanced through Navroze Contractor’s camera work endows this political documentary with an acute contemporary relevance.

Deepa Dhanraj founded the Yugantar film collective (1980–83) and continued to make numerous short, and feature length documentaries, often closely connected to Indian feminism.

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