70min and 47min documentary co-directed with Christy Garland
The word 'doormat' is sometimes used to describe someone who submits to whatever life throws at them. But in this special documentary, filmmakers Susan Armstrong and Christy Garland follow the production path of an ordinary household doormat, into the intimate lives of four people in Kerala, India where 85% of the world's doormats are made by hand. With humor and resilience, a coconut tree climber, fibre spinner, factory owner and worker all struggle with misfortune, betrayal and fate, while making ends meet with this ubiquitous object.
Featured at the Kerala International Film Festival, NYC South Asian Film Festival.
Awards: Grand Jury choice for Best Documentary Feature Award at the South Asian International Film Festival 2008
Featured in Screen Daily
Premiered on CBC Documentary Channel 2012
Featured in International Documentary FilmFestival Amsterdam Docs for Sale
Edited by Roland Schlimme