Powerless (Katiyabaaz)

Would you risk your life to flip a switch? In Kanpur, India, putting oneself in harm’s way to deliver electrical power is all too common. Powerless sheds light on the opposing corners of this political ring, from Loha Singh’s electrical Robin Hood tapping wires for neighbors to the myopic utility company whose failure to understand economics forces it deeper into financial disarray. This vibrant exposé gives a whole new meaning to the words “power struggle.”

Directors

Fahad Mustafa and Deepti Kakkar

Country

India

Year

2013

Running Time

80 mins 

Watch the Film

www.powerless-film.com

   

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Powerless.jpgWould you risk your life to flip a switch? In Kanpur, India, putting oneself in harm's way to deliver electrical power is all too common, especially for Loha Singh. He earns his living by giving electricity to those who can’t afford it, splicing lines from paying utility customers. While an admirable feat against the Goliath power company that charges well beyond reasonable fees to the people of Kanpur, Loha’s actions perpetuate the problems of the city by lessening the power supply - an amount that is distributed based on the number of paying customers. The situation intensifies for both parties and feeds to a vicious cycle of supply and demand. Aomewhere in the middle of this battle is Ritu Maheshwari, power company’s woman-in-charge, caught between two sides that do not share her understanding that change comes slowly and in increments. Powerless sheds light on the opposing corners of this political ring, form Singh’s electrical Robin Hood tapping wires for neighbors to the myopic utility company whose failure to understand economics forces it deeper into into financial disarray. This vibrant expose give a whole new meaning to the words “power struggle.” ~ Tribeca Film Festival

Screening: June 01, 2013 at New People Cinema. West Coast Premiere.