Beyond the Beautiful Forevers primarily focuses on those living in the slums, but there is another side to Mumbai, one of beauty, growth, and first-world modernization.
Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, India-720p
A good place to begin looking at the thriving side of Mumbai is to observe the airport that acts as a contact zone in the book. The following remarkable video documents the development of Mumbai’s incredible $2 billion dollar airport.
The Eastern Mumbai District
This video demonstrates Mumbai’s economic growth as an advanced modern city with a consideration to infrastructure challenges.
This in-depth program documents India’s development and struggles as a modernized nation in the world economy.
Sites of Mumbai: Must See
This short tour takes viewers to some of the many impressive Mumbai landmarks.
Mumbai Documentary (the spirited city)
Viewers are giving a guided tour through Mumbai as the video explores landmarks, transportation, food, history, culture, and the various districts that make up the city.
Chapter 12, The Nine Nights of Dance, highlights a festive time of worship to the Goddess Durga. This is also a festive time of food, dance, and flirting. The following videos may help readers better visualize and understand the importance this festival to the Annawadians.
Navratri-Festival of Nine Nights
This video discusses the Navrati history, customs, and religious and social purposes.
Kakad Estate Navratri-2014. Kakad U: Th[e] Group Dance Performance
Watch a group of Navratri dancers perform.
Slum Work=Recycling in Dharavi, Mumbai, India
This video demonstrates the tedious and low paying process of sorting recyclables from a seemingly never-ending pile of trash.
Mumbai Slum Dwellers Turn Rubbish Into Small Fortunes
A look at how the slum dwellers operate in a market revolving around trash.
Russell Brand Shares His Amazing Experience of Visiting A Slum in Mumbai, India
This humorous and insightful video aims at demonstrating a moral code that goes beyond monetary gain, even in a poverty stricken slum.
India: Young Girl Documents Slum Life
This is the unique story of an influential slum dweller turned social activist. Even more amazing, she’s only eleven years old.
Behind the Beautiful Forevers grants readers access to the India’s Annawadi slums, which can seem far removed from the American landscape; however, Katherine Boo’s Author’s Note mentions similar disparity and poverty in places such as Washington D.C and New York City. The following links provide an observation of slum conditions on American soil.
The Resurrection of America’s Slums
Slums of Detroit: A Look at the Heart of America’s 2nd Most Deserted Secret
US: A Home in the Colonias
The Challenge of the Slums: Urban/Slum Health Implications
This video offers a lengthy discussion into documenting and reaching for approaches to tackle slum health conditions.
Cincinnati, Ohio Slums 1930’s
This collection of slides demonstrates that slum conditions have long existed on American soil.
Camden, NJ. The Poorest City in the US
Similar to the disparity between wealth and poverty in Mumbai, Camden juxtaposes some of America’s wealthiest and poorest citizens in close proximity.
36 Hours in Camden, NJ
The author asks viewers to see what it’s like to spend 36 hours in an American slum overrun by poverty, drugs, and violence.
Rio Grande Valley Colonias Pt. 1 and Pt. 2
Hidalgo County, USA is home to one of the largest slums in the world. This two part series explores some of the challenges these slum residents face.
Myths, stereotypes, urban legends of Texas Colonias
Oscar J. Munoz leads the audience through an introspective look at the “American Dream” and breaks down some of the misconceptions about one of the largest slum populations in the world--U.S. Colonias.
Indian Caste System
One person’s observation of the troubles those in India’s lower caste face.
Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
Random House offers this video as a visual trailer to Boo’s book. Viewers can get a geographical sense of Annawadi and even catch a glimpse at a few of the interviewees in the book.
Slums in Mumbai
A collection of slides from Mumbai slums
The Behind the Beautiful Forevers theatrical production ran from November 10, 2014 – May 5, 2015 at Oliver Theatre in South Bank London. For more information, click on the following links:
National Theatre: Behind the Beautiful Forevers
This site contains a wide array of information about the play, including a trailer, photo galleries, and a short documentary.
Rufus Norris & Meera syal on Behind the Beautiful Forevers
Norris and Syal discuss the process of how Boo’s book became a play and the interpretations that fueled the production.