Jari Mari: of cloth and other stories

75 mins, DV, 2001 3

Directed by Surabhi Sharma
Cinematography Setu Pande
Sound Design D Wood , Vipin Bhati
Editing Jabeen Merchant
Audiography Gissy Michael


Jari Mari is a sprawling slum colony adjacent to Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji international airport. Its narrow lanes house hundreds of small sweatshops where women and men work, without the right to organise. Their existence is on the edge – their illegal dwellings could be demolished at any time by the airport authorities, and jobs have to be found anew everyday, from workshop to workshop. This film explores the lives of the people of Jari Mari, and records the many changes in the nature and organisation of Mumbai’s workforce over the past two decades.

Third Best Film, Film South Asia, Kathmandu, 2001
Special Jury Award, Festival of Three Continents, Buenos Aires, 2002
Best Documentary Film, Kara International Film Festival, Karachi, 2002

Festivals: Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, Japan, 2001
The Bangladesh Short Film Festival, Dhaka, 2001
Visions du Reel, Nyon, 2002
Film South Asia- India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and USA, 2002
Selves Made Strange, The House of World Cultures, Berlin, 2003
Museum of Ethnography, Geneva, 2005

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