Katiyabaaz

V' 13

Katiyabaaz

Powerless

Fahad Mustafa, Deepti Kakkar
Indien, 2013
Documentaries, 82min, OmeU

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Katiyabaaz

Fahad Mustafa, Deepti Kakkar
Indien, 2013
Documentaries, 82min, OmeU

Screenplay: 
Fahad Mustafa
Deepti Kakkar
Sound: 
Kunal Sharma
Camera: 
Amith Surendran
Maria Trieb-Eliaz
Fahad Mustafa
Editor: 
Maria Trieb-Eliaz
Namrata Rao
Composer: 
Amit Kilam
Rahul Ram (Indian Ocean)
Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum

Production: 
Globalistan Films
ITVS International
Sundance Institute
World Sales: 
Cat & Docs
Format: 
DCP
Color

Info regarding the screening on Mon, Oct. 28th: The screening takes place in the night between Sun. Oct. 27th and Mon. Oct. 28th!

A 28-year-old electrician living in Kanpur is renowned for his prowess in stealing electricity. He is a Robin Hood figure who provides free connections in impoverished neighborhoods so that homes, factories and businesses could function normally in the face of lengthy powercuts. On the other hand, the city administration is renewing efforts to clamp down on power-theft, which costs them millions of rupees in losses each year. The story traces lines of crisis and conflict in the course of one Indian summer. A picture emerges of a modern dystopia encompassing urban decay and desperation in the lack of electricity. “Energy is taken for granted in developed nations, however many people in India spend entire lifetimes without switching on an electric device. We were shooting with the ‘katiyabaaz’ (electricity thieves), the bitterest of bitter Kanpur stock. The work is illegal and risky, and hearing of a ‘katiyabaaz’ who got ‘stuck’ due to the strong magnetic pull of high voltage lines is not rare.” (Fahad Mustafa)

In the presence of Fahad Mustafa and Deepti Kakkar.