Cast in India (26 min-2014) Iconic and ubiquitous, thousands of manhole covers dot the streets of New York City. Enlivening the everyday objects around us, this short film is a glimpse of the working lives of the men behind the manhole covers in New York City;
Champ Of The Camp (75 min -2013) - A documentary filmed in the controversial labor camps of the United Arab Emirates. The film follows a massive Bollywood singing and trivia competition that searches across more than 70 camps throughout the country to find and crown the champ of all camps. The film alternates between the x-factor style suspense of the competition and the gritty reality of the labor environment, while weaving in intimate access scenes of their daily routines and emotional reflections on their life as laborers in Dubai. Narrated (and sung) entirely in the voices of the laborers, it paints a complete portrait of this vast and isolated population of men who come to build the dream cities of the Arab world while supporting their societies and economies back home in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
This screening is followed by a discussion and book sale with Erik Loomis, an assistant professor at the University of Rhode Island, who will be facilitating a conversation on "Global Issues of Survival, Cooperation and Bollywood Song".