*45 minute film screening followed by Q&A with Director Vibha Bakshi
In 2012, several grotesque incidents of sexual assault sparked rage and national debate in India. The rape and murder of 23 year-old student from New Delhi by a group of men marked a turning point for public awareness. For weeks, mass protests filled the streets of India and the country witnessed gender consciousness and extraordinary solidarity by ordinary citizens—like never before. The eyes of the world were on the country’s rampant gender violence, and stories about violence against women in India were hitting the world’s headlines almost on a daily basis.
Daughters of Mother India, a 45-minute award winning documentary, questions how Indian society is changing after the 2012 events. Although an Anti-Rape Law was promptly passed and radical changes were made within the police force and the judiciary, gender violence still persists. Has anything changed? The film probes local judges, police officers, teachers, activists and even street performers that are fighting against gender violence on a daily basis, while simultaneously showing the critical role that each one of these social actors must play to bring real change in India.
Vibha Bakshi directed and produced Daughters of Mother India, which won the 2015 National Film Award for Best FIlm on Social Issues, and Best Documentary at the New York Indian Film Festival. She is a former business reporter for CNBC, and studied Journalism and Broadcasting at Boston University and New York University. Vibha Bakshi’s films have been aired on HBO and Lifetime TV in the United States. Her other films include Too Hot to Handle (co-directed and co-produced with Maryann De Leo), on climate change, and as a producer, Terror at Home, on domestic violence.
Film Website: www.daughtersofmotherindia.com