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Friday, October 24 • 9:30pm - 11:00pm
Under the Palace Wall, preceded by Cast in India

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Under the Palace Wall

David MacDougall

2014 | 54 min | Australia, India

US Premiere

This keenly observed film explores life in Delwara, a village in southern Rajasthan ruled for centuries as a principality of the former kingdom of Mewar. Delwara’s glittering palace, which looms above the village, has been converted into a luxury hotel; nestled beneath its walls sits the local primary school. Director David MacDougall uses the juxtaposition to enchanting effect, capturing a series of scenes at the school to compose an eloquent, impressionistic portrait of the life of the village, eschewing a linking narrative and recurring characters to convey something more delicate and elusive: the feeling of the place, the sense of the historical past that towers over the village, the vitality and chaos of the daily lives of the villagers.

Preceded by:

Cast in India

Natasha Raheja

2014 | 27 min | USA

US Premiere | Director in Attendance

Cast in India offers a glimpse into the working lives of the men who forge manhole covers—the ubiquitous bits of daily life New Yorkers step on every day without thinking twice. Be transported to the factories where they are produced—bear witness to the pouring of molten metal and the dignity, hard work, and humor of the men who make them. Picturesque and utilitarian, discs that come half way around the world dot our city streets.


Friday October 24, 2014 9:30pm - 11:00pm
Kaufmann Theater American Museum of Natural History

Attendees (10)