11/16/2015

India's Daughter premieres tonight on Independent Lens!




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INDIA'S DAUGHTER PREMIERES TONIGHT 
ON INDEPENDENT LENS

"INDIA'S DAUGHTER is necessary viewing..." - Variety


 "...for all of its horrors, the movie has a positive message, too: Out of tragedy - and this case is just one of many - can come galvanizing change." - The New York Times


"Extraordinary....relentlessly penetrating...the filmmaker pursued and won near miraculous access to every side." 
- Wall Street Journal

Leslee Udwin's award winning documentary, INDIA'S DAUGHTER, premieres on PBS | Independent Lens Monday, November 16 at 10pm EST. Check here for local listings. 

INDIA'S DAUGHTER first grabbed the world's attention when India's government banned the film from broadcast in March. This controversy sparked international uproar, and the film has since garnered tremendous attention in the press, with a rave review in the Wall Street Journal, as well as support from actors and activists including Meryl Streep, Gloria Steinem, Freida Pinto, Susan Sarandon, Rosie O'Donnell and Sean Penn. Streep is campaigning for INDIA'S DAUGHTER to win an Oscar. 

Winner of the United Nations Association Film Festival Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary, INDIA'S DAUGHTER is the story of the 2012 brutal gang rape and murder in Delhi of 23-year-old medical student Jyoti Singh, which ignited protests and serious debate about gender inequality across India. BAFTA winning filmmaker Leslee Udwin, herself a victim of rape, went to India inspired by the protests against sexual assault. With an all Indian crew, Udwin got exclusive, first time on camera interviews with the rapists and defense attorney, none of whom express remorse. 

An impassioned plea for change, INDIA'S DAUGHTER pays tribute to a remarkable and inspiring young woman and explores the compelling human stories behind the incident and the political ramifications throughout India. But beyond India, the film lays bare the way in which societies and their patriarchal values have spawned such acts of violence globally. Required viewing for courses dealing with issues around violence against women and human rights.


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