Painted Nation Dir. Cyrus Sundar Singh, India, 2005 (47 minutes)
For many decades, hand-painted billboards have been a ubiquitous feature of India’s urban landscapes, artists paid to promote everything from hair products to Bollywood hits. Drawing deeply upon religious and mythological sources, they have long embodied a part of the national soul. This art form is disappearing as globalization and technology render it redundant.