Fri 14 July | 12:00 | Pálás Screen 3

2023 | Germany | 90’ | Documentary

Balkrishna Doshi, born in 1927, has been doing everything that young architects discuss today for decades. In 2018 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Architecture, the Pritzker Architecture Prize. The film tells the story of BV Doshi’s journey from European modernism of the 1950s to the architecture of the present. We visit the Indian buildings of Le Corbusier and Louis Kahn, whose designs Doshi executed as a young architect, and talk to him about his teachers. We see Doshi developing new projects today in his office in Ahmedabad with four partners and sixty employees. We visit the important buildings of Doshi in Bangalore, Indore and Ahmedabad and capture them cinematically, not only photographically. Doshi is not a formalist. For him, the focus is always on the individual who – as a student, worker, visitor or resident – uses his buildings. In the film we therefore present Doshi’s buildings as living spaces for their users and talk to them about their experiences. 

BV Doshi is a man of the present, but he is also a traditionally living Hindu. We witness his religious rituals in the family and visit Hindu temples and Islamic mosques that have shaped his ideas of city building and architecture.

Doshi is a brilliant storyteller. His presence of mind, his humor and his wisdom create the image of a man from whom we can not only learn to build humanly, but from whom we can learn to be human.

Irish Premiere

Director/Writer: Jan Schmidt-Garre
Producers: Marieke Schroeder, Jan Schmidt-Garre
Cast: Balkrishna Vithaldas Doshi

Principal funder