Silk, Muthappar and VHS: Portraits from South India


1997 / 63 minutes

Directed by
Ulrich Grossenbacher Damaris Luethi
Country of production

The documentary, filmed during ethnographic field research, shows three portraits of ‘ordinary’ personalities — Mala, a young weaver sharing a one-bedroom house with nine siblings; Santa Cruz, once a fishtrader and now a healer and magician; and Muthiah, a videographer of upper class weddings — living in a neighbourhood in Nagercoil, a south Indian town. The aim of the video is to show the persons not as representatives of homogeneous masses, but to acknowledge them as individuals who nurse their own specific worries and strategies in a changing world. The protagonists thus themselves comment about their own lives and actions.

Language and subtitles
Original Language with English Subtitles
South Asia
Labour Everyday Life Film / Photography / Mass media