We 04 Nov 09
IDFA Film – .In for Motion
At the request of the 4th International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR), the IDFA has compiled a special series of documentaries on the city which will be shown during the Open City Event Program of the Biennale. This week will feature .In for Motion by Anirban Datta, a road movie which takes the viewer on a tour of India's (digital) highways, rapidly growing cities, farmers without land, computer pioneers and international call centers.
Title: .In for Motion (India, 2008, 59 min.)
Regisseur: Anirban Datta
Like a road movie along the information superhighway, .In for Motion investigates recent innovations in IT in India. In the past few decades, the IT sector there has grown at a breakneck pace, and the people of India have felt the consequences. Lots of Indians have found a job in a computer company or call centre, and for many of them the standard of living has increased drastically. Developments in telecommunications have made the world a smaller place, and information has become more accessible for everyone. But at the same time, many people seem to be losing touch with their history and a part of their own cultural identity. Filmmaker Anirban Datta put together an ensemble of stories that provide a kaleidoscopic picture of what the changes mean for the Indian people. He interviewed farmers who lost their land to the rapid expansion of Calcutta, call centre employees who work for international companies, and his father, who was one of the pioneers in developing the first computers back in the 1950s. And he travelled to the extreme northeast of the country, where a unique language is in danger of extinction because of the increasing dominance of English and Hindi.
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The Hood, NAI
Wed 4 Nov, 3 pm
Sun 8 Nov, 12 noon
day ticket (€ 10 / 7) / PP (€ 25)