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Living Like a Common Man

An anthropological documentary following the daily lives of Indian youngsters in London.
maandag 4 mrt 2013, 17.00
ma 4 mrt 2013, 17.00
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The first urban movie is ‘Living Like a Common Man’: an anthropological documentary by Sanderien Verstappen, Mario Rutten and Isabelle Makay, following the daily lives of Indian youngsters in London. Will this leading global city fulfill their dreams and desires?

The University of Amsterdam Centre for Urban Studies presents together with Pakhuis de Zwijger a new series of Urban Movies. The first urban movie is ‘Living Like a Common Man’:an anthropological documentary by Sanderien Verstappen, Mario Rutten and Isabelle Makay, following the daily lives of Indian youngsters in London. Will this leading global city fulfill the dreams and desires of these young migrants?

Youngsters in developing countries all over the world dream of going to the West. They hope to earn money and get overseas experience to improve their positions at home. However, once they arrive, most of them end up in low-status jobs and living crammed into small houses with other newly arrived migrants.

This film follows the daily life in one such house in East London. The bunker beds are filled with young Indians, all from relatively wealthy families in Gujarat. When they return to visit India, their families have great expectations of their sons and daughters. What is it like to be a young Indian migrant in London and will these youngsters fulfill their expectations and dreams in this global city?

The screening of the movie is followed by a Q&A with the directors: Sanderien Verstappen and Mario Rutten. Mario Rutten is Professor in of Comparative Sociology and Anthropology of Asia at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam. Sanderien Verstappen is a PhD researcher in Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam. Both are specialized in the region of Gujarat in India and will tell you more on the making of ‘Living Like a Common Man’ and what it is like to practice visual anthropology.