Auroville, The Outlin of A World| 24mins
Director: Quentin Noirfalisse, Adrien Kaempf, Maximilien Charlier, Antoine Sanchez | Producer: IHECS, Journalism School Brussels
Focus Years: 2009 | Country: Belgium
1968. A handful of pioneers, most of them Europeans disillusioned with Western society, set about building Auroville, a utopian township. 40 years later, what was once a desert plateau stranded in Tamil Nadu, India, has been transformed into a jungle. Under the canopy, 2,000 Aurovilians strive every day to make the ideals of Mira Alfassa, known as the Mother, a reality. For the city to thrive, they must push back the limits of their environment and their consciousness, against all odds. The task is enormous. This documentary explores the lives of the Aurovilians, the paradoxes that run through the city and the reasons that led them to start from scratch and reject a system that will soon dominate all continents.