Man. Hole. The twain are not to meet. But together they come. Iconic and ubiquitous, approximately 300,000 manhole covers dot the streets of New York City. Manufactured in India, these 200 pound covers are the congealed efforts of thousands of highly skilled metal workers. Enlivening the objects around us, “Cast in India” sets on a journey across oceans to depict the labor process. This work aims to engage the tension between the irreplaceability of people and the replaceability of their labor, while pointing to the disparate conditions that shape the geographies of production of everyday urban infrastructure.
Natasha Raheja is a Brooklyn-based filmmaker. Natasha is currently pursuing her PhD in Sociocultural Anthropology at New York University with a Certification in Culture and Media.