The golden city

A trading post in the heart of the Thar desert in Rajasthan, the legendary city of Jaisalmer inspires architects to this day.

After going through a pre-industrial desert village and its mud architecture, the film wonders through the city made of yellow sandstone, to the melodies of Rajasthani folk music.

It explores architectural masterpieces such as the fort, the royal palace and Patwon ki Haveli, a villa of rich merchants.

While taking stock of the damaging impact of tourism and industrialization on the city and its people, it also analyses this ancient city’s sophisticated urban organization and its relevance for the modern world.

Format: Beta SP Color
Running Time: 45 Minutes
Language: English

festivals & press


International documentary film festival, Mumbai.

press reviews

Rewal captures the essence of the city which is the jewel in the crown of Rajasthan…

This film has various shots of the most famous of all Havelis – Patwon Ki Haveli. It has a mesmerizing effect on the viewer…

M C Raja Narayanan – The Pioneer, December 13, 1996


Writer, Director & Producer Manu Rewal
Graphics Deepika Shiromany
Voice Over Amita Baiga
Music Shantanu Moitra & Manganiars
Sound Recording M. A. Mathews
Camera Pradeep Kumar
On-line Editing & Mixing Jitender Hellen
Off-line Editing Manu Rewal
Production Assistant Vaybhav Kumar
Architectural Consultant Raj Rewal
Production Company Duniya Vision (India) Pvt.Ltd.


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