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About Under the Open Sky

Runtime: 35 minutes

Language: Hindi

What changes when a girls’ football initiative begins to claim open public spaces to play in Mumbra, a far-flung suburb in the Mumbai Metropolitan region? Quite a lot actually! For women and girls occupying open public space in the city to play is an act of feminist claim staking. This film follows the Parcham women’s football team as they play and coach a younger generation of girls, in the process transforming not just the way they see themselves and their bodies but potentially transforming the way we see our cities.

Presented by Murthy Nayak Foundation

Director: Shilpa Phadke

Shilpa Phadke trained as a sociologist and teaches at the School of Media and Cultural Studies, TISS, Mumbai. She is co-author of Why Loiter? Women and Risk on Mumbai Streets. Her areas of interest include: gender, public spaces, cities, feminist pedagogy, feminist mothering, young women’s relationship with feminism and more recently digital spaces and feminism. She loves the chaotic city of Mumbai and fantasizes that it will one day have a very large park.

Director: Faiz Ullah

Faiz Ullah works with the School of Media and Cultural Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences. His work is largely concerned with the political economy of media, work and labour, and participatory cultures.

Director: Nikhil Titus

Nikhil Titus is a PhD student in Film Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. He has been involved in documentary production and his research interests include low-cost film exhibition spaces and audiences, migration and urban infrastructure, ‘B’ grade and minor cinemas and stardom.