Tomorrow We Disappear
Film Info
Country Listing:USA
Festival Year:2014
Premiere Status:International Premiere
Official Rating:G
Screening Info
Co-Presenter(s):FILMI Toronto's South Asian Film Festival
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Adam Weber
Jimmy Goldblum
Producer(s):Jimmy Goldblum
Adam Weber
Joshua Cogan
Editor(s):Isaac Hagy
Hye Mee Na
Executive Producer(s):Alison Klayman
Guneet Monga
Cinematographer(s):Will Basanta
Joshua Cogan
Composer(s):Dan Romer
Sound:Tom Paul
Described as India’s “tinsel slum,” the Kathputli artist colony in New Delhi is home to over 1,500 families of puppeteers, acrobats, painters and magicians. That’s all about to change. When the government sells the land to private developers, traditional life is set to be razed for the city’s first skyscraper. Where outsiders see the slum’s rancid water and shacks, debut filmmakers Adam Weber and Jimmy Goldblum find stunning colours in death-defying performances. Whether bathed in sunlight or exploding against night skies, magnificent fire-eaters, sleight of hand magicians and glorious puppets radiate beauty in crisp, brilliant detail. But will the artists’ resolve to preserve their culture overcome the push for progress? As in-fighting breaks out among colony leaders, spilling out into confrontations with developers and government, the clock ticks onwards to the bulldozing date. Gorgeous and inspiring, Tomorrow We Disappear is a splendid tribute to fading artistry and the tenacity of tradition. Myrocia Watamaniuk