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4th DMZ Docs(2012)

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The Rat Race

Miriam Chandy MENACHERRY

  • India
  • 2011
  • 52min
  • DigiBeta
  • color

Synopsis

For every person living in Mumbai, a city of 14 million, there are approximately six rats. In 1967, the local authorities set up a special department to tackle this problem. Every night, armed with a stick and trash bags, the men of the NRK (Night Rat Killers) take to the streets to free the city of these undesirable hairy little inhabitants. The rats do not only increase the risk of infectious diseases, but they also cause a great deal of damage by, for example, destroying or eating market produce. It’s not easy to become a Night Rat Killer. Because this job is so desirable - it pays well - applicants have to pass through a rigorous selection process. Men come from all over, all with their own reasons for wanting to join the team. The boss of the NRK’s B-Ward, whose first ambition was a film career, sees his work as a military operation and compares himself to James Bond. Other rat killers are trying to pay for their studies or feed their families in the countryside. The film not only gives an impression of this unusual vocation, but also exposes the harsh reality of everyday life for many inhabitants of Mumbai.

Review

Director

  • Miriam Chandy MENACHERRY

    Miriam Chandy Menacherry, a founder and director of Filament Pictures, has produced films for international channels. The Rat Race is her first independent full length documentary supported by the Jan Vrijman Fund and official selection at IDFA 2011. It is one of the rare documentaries that got a theatrical release in 3 Indian metros.  The Rat Race (2011) A Light Burns (2009) Robot Jockey (2008) Stuntmen of Bollywood (2005)​ 

Credit

  • ProducerMiriam Chandy MENACHERRY , Aruna Balkrishna SINGH
  • Screenwriter Mathew MENACHERRY , Arghya LAHIRI
  • Cinematography Sameer MAHAJAN, Dev SHANKAR
  • Editor Monisha BALDAWA
  • Sound Sunil da CUNHA

Production Company / Distributor / Sales

Production Company  Filiament Pictures 

Distributor/Sales  Filiament Pictures

Address  Mapleleaf 1020-21 E Wing, Raheja Vihar, Powai, Mumbai 400072 India

Tel  91 9892644163

E-mail  filiament.pictures@gmail.com​