Thatta Kedona - The Toy Village of Pakistan

  • Thatta Kedona - Das Spiel-Zeug-Dorf in Pakistan (German title)
Documentary | 2004 | Society | Germany

Main data

Shooting data

Start of shooting15.02.2004
End of shooting01.04.2004
Number of shooting days30

Project data

Length of movie90
Picture formatTV 4:3 (1 : 1,33)
Sound formatDolby SRD / Dolby digital (5.1, 6 Kanšle)

    Brief synopsis

    Thatta Kedona is a remarkable village in rural Pakistan. Since 1991 36 volunteers from Western countries have visited and coached the village people in a help to self help project. Dolls and tin toys reflecting regional cultures of Pakistan are products which generate cash income for the farming families through the local cooperative-like NGO. On the other side those volunteers from Western countries are also having their fun by working in a rural village of Islamic society with strong overlays by the traditional culture of Indus Valley (Harappa 3.000 B.C.), the Mogul period, Hindu culture and the influences of British-India. Hence the playfulness of a "toy village" is on both sides. For the villagers by producing toys for cash in a not-yet industrialized region avoiding rural exodus to the big cites (and thus avoiding the poverty slums that are generated by migration). And joy for Western people being confronted by their own history stages in present time within a foreign context.


    Camera Departmentdirector of photographyJoachim Polzer
    Director's DepartmentdirectorJoachim Polzer
    ProducerproducerJoachim Polzer
    Sound Departmentproduction sound mixerChristian 'Pivo' Rosenbaum

    Production companies

    Polzer Media Group GmbH


    Department CompanyComment
    CameraCameras and UtilitiesPolzer Media Group GmbH
    VFX / Post ProductionImage/EditingPolzer Media Group GmbH