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Promotional poster for the Promise.

The Promise – Architect BV Doshi

23 March 2024 at 2:00 pm

Dave Barber Cinematheque, 100 Arthur Street


Directed by Jan Schmidt-Garre
2023, Germany, 88 minutes, English/Gujarati/Hindi (with English subtitles)

Balkrishna Doshi (1927–2023) is one of India’s most influential 20th century architects and recipient of the Pritzker Architecture Prize. Doshi and his practice Vastu-Shilpa has a portfolio spanning over 70 years, including collaborations with both Le Corbusier and Louis Kahn. The film introduces viewers to his famous buildings and offers an exclusive look into his work process. Doshi shares his sources of inspiration and motivation and is also a brilliant storyteller. His presence of mind, his humor and his wisdom create the image of a man from whom we can not only learn to build humanly, but from whom we can learn—to be human. BV Doshi passed away at 95 years old on January 24, 2023 in Ahmedabad, India.

Sponsored by Number Ten Architectural Group.


The Dave Barber Cinematheque resides in the main floor lobby of Artspace. The main entrances at Arthur St. and King St. have automatic door push triggers. There are 9 to 10 steps from the entrance to the main lobby. The West side entrance of King St. has a wheelchair lift to access the main lobby. The lift measures 54’’ by 37’’ and has a maximum capacity of 340 kg.