Tent Village

The Tent Village is a nuanced view into the lives of roadside tent dwellers in India, filmed by their teenaged children. It is an unflinching yet gentle exploration of the inter-play between external oppression, internalized self-defeat, and hope. The uniqueness of the film comes through the young women's perspective, having worked as beggars and garbage collectors before being educated. Because they appear to be middle class students, the film causes a gentle shake up of stereotypes and presumptions about what it "looks like" to be from a certain background. Though different in circumstances, the film's themes about social mobility and stigma, gender issues and community are applicable across cultures.



 

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