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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.

Category Documentary
Original title Das Versprechen. Architekt BV Doshi
Director Jan Schmidt-Garre
Production PARS Media
Country Germany
Format 4k, HD, DCP
Runtime 52/90 min
Year 2023
Language English, Gujarati, Hindi
Subtitles English, German, French, Italian
Genre Architecture, Arts & Culture, Biography, Design & Fashion, Society


  • Millennium Docs Against Gravity FF, Poland (2023) - World Premiere
  • Fünf Seen Film Festival, Germany (2023)
  • Galway Film Fleadh, Ireland (2023)
  • EIDF (EBS International Documentary FF, South Korea (2023)
  • Seoul International Architecture FF, South Korea (2023)
  • Architecture Film Festival in Rotterdam, The Netherlands (2023)
  • Architecture & Design Film Festival, USA (2023)
  • Beirut Art Film Festival, Lebanon (2023)
  • Master of Art Film Festival, Competition, Bulgaria (2024)
  • Milan Design FF, AFA – Architecture Feature Film Award, Italy (2024)
  • Budapest Architecture Film Festival, Hungary (2024)
  • Architecture+Design Film Festival Winnipeg, Canada (2024)
  • New Zealand Architecture + Design FF, New Zealand (2024)

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