Documentary | 53 min | English & Hindi | India | 2006
When you look at the toilet, you can see the city. Q2P peers through the dream of Mumbai as a global city and finds…public toilets… not enough of them.
As this film observes who has to queue to pee, we begin to understand how suppositions about gender, caste and class determine the shape of the city. Entering and exiting through the portal of the toilet we realize how the boundaries of public and private space keep shifting.
We meet whimsical people with novel ideas of social change, which thrive with mixed results. We learn of small acts of survival that people in the city’s lower depths cobble together. In the Museum of Toilets, at an all-night concert, in a New Delhi “international toilet”, in a Bombay slum, we hear the silence that surrounds toilets and sense how similar it is to the silence that surrounds inequality.
The toilet becomes a riddle with many answers and some of those answers are questions – about gender, about class, about caste and most of all about space, urban development and the twisted myth of the global metropolis.
Anita Kushwaha, Samina Mishra
Tarun Shahani, Nirav Gandhi