Q2P is a film about toilets and the city. It peers through the dream of Mumabi as a future Shanghai and searches for public toilets in Bombay with a small detour in Delhi, watching who has to queue to pee. As the film observes who has access to toilets and who doesn’t, we begin to also 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 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.
Filmmaker/s Bio Note/s:
Paromita Vohra is a Bombay based filmmaker, writer and teacher. She has directed several award winning documentaries including Q2P, Where’s Sandra, Unlimited Girls, Cosmopolis: Two Tales of A City, A Woman’s Place, Annapurna; and written the Documentaries Skin Deep, A Few Things I Know About Her and If You Pause: In a Museum of Craft (co-writer) and the Feature Film Khamosh Pani. Her fiction and non-fiction writing has been published in numerous anthologies and journals.
AWARDS AND FESTIVALS
AWARDS: Best documentary, IFFLA, Los Angeles, 2007; Best Documentary, Bollywood and Beyond, Stuttgart, 2007 MUSEUM/EXHIBITION SCREENINGS: TATE MODERN GLOBAL CITIES EXHIBIT, 2007; LILLE 3000, 2006; BONN BIENNALE, 2006
FESTIVALS: Filmmor Women’s Film Festival, Istanbul (Feb 2008); Royal Anthopology Institute Film Festival, Manchester; Film Festival de Popoli; Ecovisione Film Festival, Florence; SAIFF (NY); Planet in Focus, Toronto; IFFLA; Bollywood and Beyond, Stuttgart; 3 Screens Film Festival, ISF New Delhi; VIbgyor Film Festival, Thrissur.