The Bombay Trilogy : John & Jane by Ashim Ahluwalia (83′)
A fresh new blend of observational documentary and tropical science-fiction, John & Jane follows the stories of six “call agents” that answer American 1-800 numbers in a Mumbai call center.
After a heady mix of American “culture training” and 14-hour night shifts, the job soon starts to take its toll. Counterpointing the fluorescent interiors of late night offices and hyper-malls with the uneasy currents swirling around the characters, John & Jane discovers a young generation of urban Indians that are beginning to live between the real and the virtual. However, this futuristic world of American aliases and simulated reality is not science fiction, these are the times in which we live. John & Jane raises disturbing questions about the nature of personal identity and what it means to be “Indian” in a 21st century globalized world.
In partnership with Dharamshala International Film Festival and The Root Reel