Descendents of the indigenous populations of Mumbai, India, the East Indian community has found itself rapidly losing land to government and corporate forces. For the community as a whole, this has meant losing a valuable connection with the soil to which their culture is tied- the ‘story of us’. But for many, especially those in the rural areas this has also meant a threat to livelihood and consequently, as a small community, a threat to their very existence.‘Bottle Masala in Moile’ focuses on some of these stories. The film is divided into two thematically interconnected but dramatically discrete chapters. ‘Belly of the Whale,’ based in mainland Mumbai, is a collection of individual stories loosely held together by a common thread, that of the experience of loss. ‘Eye of the Storm,’ is set in Dharavi Island, and is driven by the narrative of the community’s resistance movement against land acquisition.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:
Vaidehi Chitre is a filmmaker and writer. She has produced, written, directed and edited a number of films that have showcased at international festivals. One of her films was selected as part of a package of films on immigration and human rights taught in Toronto-area schools in 2010-2011. Her writing has been selected for various festivals including the Samuel French Off Off Broadway Original Short Play Festival, New York.Vaidehi has an MFA in Cinema from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, an MA in English Literature from the University of Mumbai, a PG Diploma (Social Communications Media) from Sophia Polytechnic, Mumbai and a BA in English Literature from St. Xavier's College, Mumbai.Her interests are nonfiction and narrative filmmaking, film and video editing, sound design, fiction writing, screenwriting, postcolonial feminist theory, and oral history.