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Powerless

Powerless
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  • This film played during the 2014 Florida Film Festival
  • Directed by: Deepti Kakkar and Fahad Mustafa
  • USA/INDIA, 2013, 82 minutes
  • In English, Hindi and Urdu with English subtitles
  • Southeast Premiere

Sponsored By H.J. High Construction Company

400,000 people live without electricity in Kanpur, India. To remedy this problem, Loha Singh steals electricity for those willing to pay him for his death-defying thievery. Using what is known as a katiya (an illegal wire), Singh brings electricity to the powerless—literally. As a modern day Robin Hood doing battle against a greedy power company, Singh makes for an interesting nemesis against the power company’s chief Ritu Maheshwari, whose job depends on her ability to stop the illegal siphoning of power from Kanpur’s power lines. Complicating the story is the fact that Maheshwari is a sympathetic voice for change, tasked with representing a company focused on making money. More than just a fascinating story of power theft, the beautifully crafted POWERLESS examines how India will confront issues of class struggle as it develops as an economic presence in the world.  

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