What Has Happened to This City? (Kya Hua Is Shahar Ko?) (1986)

  • April 25, 2021 | 5:00 PM - 6:35 PM | Sunday
  • Oldham Theatre


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Directed by: Deepa Dhanraj
Runtime: 95 minutes
Country: India
Language: Hindi with English subtitles
Rating: NC16 (Some Mature Content)



Full Synopsis

What Has Happened to this City? explores the processes of political maneuvering which led to the Hyderabad communal riots in 1984. The city’s history, the provocative speeches of its politicians and the instrumentalisation of religious processions stand next to the testimonies and the striking visual accounts of the Old City’s working class – those who lost their livelihoods through violent attacks and long periods of imposed curfew. 

The film is a pioneer in recording and analysing the rhetoric and visual expression of Hindu nationalist and supremacist politics. Initially shot for the local communities in Hyderabad, its courage in capturing the ensuing violence combined with its respectful lyricism and contemplation, enhanced through Navroze Contractor’s camera work endows this political documentary with an acute contemporary relevance.


The Reframe: A Time to Resist programme will run from
9 to 25 April 2021 at Oldham Theatre.

Selected films from the programme will also screen online from
12 April – 9 May 2021 on our Rewired platform. 

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