Sanitation Updates’ favourite to win the 2012 Golden Poo Award for best short film has to be Bum Bay. Set to the tune of the 1969 Indo-pop hit “Bombay Meri Hai” – transformed to “Bum Bay Meri Hai” – we see a mock tourist promotion film interspersed with explicit scenes of male open defecation.
The film was made by renowned Indian film advertising company Genesis run by Prahlad Kakar. In the end credits, we read:
The tragedy of this film is not what we have shown, but what we could not shoot. The women who have to sneak out between 2 & 5 am stripped of even their basic dignity to perform their natural functions cowering behind umbrellas to hide from passing headlights. A sad reflection on a great city that we cannot even provide toilets for 1/2 its people.
The judges have already made their decision, but we will have to wait until October 1st to hear if Bum Bay is one of two winners of a Golden Poo Award. Hygiene and disgust expert Dr Valerie Curtis of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine is on the Judging Panel.
The winning films will form part of Global Handwashing Day (October 15th) and World Toilet Day (November 19th) awareness-raising campaigns. In addition, they will be screened at the World Toilet Summit in Durban, South Africa in December 2012 and at the London Short Film Festival in January 2013.
The Golden Poo Award is an initiative of PoopCreative and is co-sponsored bythe Department for International Development (DfID) and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Web site: www.thegoldenpooawards.org