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Q2P (71)

12:00, Friday 29th June, Cosmo Rodewald

Director: Paromita Vohra (India)

Year: 2006

Run time: 53'

Location/Ethnic group: India/ South Asian

Language: In English and Hindi with English subtitles

Production/Distribution: PUKAR


Q2P is a film about toilets and the city. It sifts through the dream of Mumbai as a future Shanghai and searches for public toilets, watching who has to queue to pee. As the film observes who has access to toilets and who does not, we begin also to see the imagination of gender that underlies the city’s shape, the constantly shifting boundaries between public and private space; we learn of small acts of survival that people in the city’s bottom half cobble together and the quixotic ideas of social change that thrive with mixed results; we hear the silence that surrounds toilets and sense how similar it is to the silence that surrounds inequality. The toilet becomes a riddle with many answers and some of those answers are questions – about gender, about class, about caste and most of all about space, urban development and the twisted myth of the global metropolis.