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MUMBAI DISCONNECTED by Camilla Nielsson and Frederik Jacobi

Mumbai is growing like it was on steroids. But a collapsing infrastructure is threatening the megacity's booming economy, and is making the daily commute unbearable for it's 20 million citizens. Every day 10-12 people die, as they fall off the bursting public trains. On the roads cars hold still in serial traffic jams. And to make matters even worse, the Nano, India's new people's car, has just been launched. Through three interweaving human stories we meet the people at the frontline Mumbai's infrastructural battle: The migrant Yasin, who dreams of owning his own car, as he struggles to get on the morning train, Veena, who has lived all her life in the city and is facing the construction of a new flyover outside her beloved apartment, and Mr. Das, a government bureaucrat, who works hard to improve the city's traffic.

Can their conflicting hopes and dreams for a future life in the megacity ever add up to a satisfying whole? One thing is for sure: Urban planning is not easy in the world's largest democracy!


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Production Facts

DK, 2009, 58 minutes.
HDCamSR/Digital Betacam, DK-subtitles/UK-subtitles.

Directors CAMILLA NIELSSON and FREDERIK JACOBI, Producers HENRIK VEILEBORG, JESPER JACK and ANNA-MARIA KANTARIUS, Cinematographers FREDERIK JACOBI and CAMILLA NIELSSON, Film Editor NIELS PAGH ANDERSEN, Sound Designer BOBBY HESS.

Produced by UPFRONT FILMS in collaboration with DR, DR2 by comminssioning editor Mette Hoffmann Meyer and with the support of The Danish Film Institute by film consultants Dola Bonfils and Michael Haslund-Christensen among others.


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DVD SALES:
The film is sold as part of a series of 4 films called "Cities On Speed". Buy the box set at eshop.dfi.dk

BROADCASTING RIGHTS:
DR International Sales, Kim Christiansen (kimc@dr.dk).

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pdf icon Bridge in Mumbai. Photo by Frederik Jacobi
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pixel Mr Das. Photo by Camilla Nielsson
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pixel Mr Yasin. Photo by Frederik Jacobi
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