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HindustanTimes Tue,16 Sep 2014

Documenting the politics of rape

PTI  New Delhi, November 29, 2013
First Published: 17:01 IST(29/11/2013) | Last Updated: 18:46 IST(29/11/2013)

In just a month’s time, it will be one year to the brutal gangrape of a 23-year-old girl in Delhi. The incidence that shook the collective conscience of the nation has inspired a documentary film, which was screened recently in the Capital.


Titled Silent Screams: India’s Fight Against Rape, the 45-minute film is directed by Pria Somiah Alva and written by Manira Alva Pinto. It features scribe, Namita Bhandare, who talks about how she filed an online petition against rape. The petition was also submitted to the Justice JS Verma Committee. The movie decodes the politics of rape and humiliation and includes interviews with the family of the Delhi gangrape victim, other rape-survivors, police officers and lawyers. “Me and my team just could not film for quite some time, after we began speaking with the family,” she says.

Meanwhile, the producers have said that the film, which has bagged the Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union Perspective Award, will be dubbed in other Indian languages too. “We are in talks with media channels to showcase the film. The next step is to dub it in other languages,” says Alva.

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