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2008-2009

"Q2P" with Filmmaker Paromita Vohra

January 24, 2009 02:00 PM
School of Social Work Building, room 1636

Please join the Center for South Asian Studies (CSAS) for a film screening and discussion of the documentary film "Q2P" with Filmmaker Paromita Vohra.

"Q2P" is a contemplative and often humorous study of how gender and class inequalities are revealed through public provision of toilets. Set in Mumbai, India, where women going to the loo alone is stigmatized, the film looks at who has to queue to pee and how urban design becomes gendered by this social prohibition. "Q2P" won Best Documentary Film at the International Film Festival of Los Angeles and the Stuttgart Beyond Bollywood Festival, both in 2007.

Paromita Vohra is a Mumbai-based filmmaker and writer whose work intermingles fiction and non-fiction to focus on ideas of gender, urban life, and popular culture. She has written and directed several award winning films on these themes, including Cosmopolis: Two Tales of A City(2006), Morality TV Aur Loving Jehad: Ek Manohar Kahani (2005), Where is Sandra? (2005), and Unlimited Girls (2002). Her writing for film includes the feature films Khamosh Pani (dir: Sabiha Sumar) which won the Best Screenplay award at the Kara Film Festival, (2003), and the Indian adaptation of Ang Lee's Eat Drink Man Woman (in Development, Dir: Arjun Sajnani). Paromita writes a fortnightly column in the Mumbai Mirror, and is a regular contributor to various journals in India and internationally. For a recent essay by Vohra please see the following: http://pratilipi.in/2008/10/knowing-for-sure-without-knowing-for-certain-paromita-vohra/

Will Glover
wglover@umich.edu


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