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When their land is sold to developers, the magicians, acrobats, and puppeteers of Kathputli Colony must find a way to unite —
or splinter apart forever. Tomorrow We Disappear is a feature length documentary about the last days of Kathputli, a hand-built artist colony hidden away in the alleyways of New Delhi. Spanning three years, the film follows Puran the Puppeteer, Rahman the Magician, and Maya the Acrobat as they approach their looming eviction.
'Best of Independent Film Week'...What I’ve seen of it so far gives me goose bumps: the luscious cinematography, the beautiful use of music, the masterful editing..."
"Every once in awhile, in our ongoing pursuit of strange and amazing places, people and stories, we come across something that truly inspires us. One such find is a film entitled Tomorrow We Disappear."
Huffington Post / Atlas Obscura
Beautiful, sad and stunning, the film lovingly but unflinchingly documents the destructive collision between tradition and modernization, between ramshackle artistry and regimented bureaucracy. At times it has the vibrant spirit of a real-life “Beasts of the Southern Wild”; at other times it is imbued with a profound sense of loss summed up by the words of gifted puppeteer Puran Bhat: “I wish I could stop the world for a moment.”
Festival & Awards
Tribeca Film Festival - 2014
Hot Docs - 2014
Melbourne International Film Festival - 2014
EIDF (Korea) - 2014
Winner, Spirit Award for Best Director
Salem Film Festival - 2014
Winner, Special Jury Prize
Philadelphia Film Festival - 2014
Winner, Special Jury Honor for World Vision
Austin Film Festival - 2014
Hot Springs Film Festival - 2014
Camden International Film Festival - 2014
Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles - 2014
Winner, Audience Award for "Best Documentary"