DAUGHTERS OF MOTHER INDIA SYNOPSIS
DAUGHTERS OF MOTHER INDIA reveals the aftermath of the horrific rape and murder of a 23-year-old medical student in Delhi in December 2012. For weeks, nationwide protests filled the streets of India. The country witnessed gender consciousness and extraordinary solidarity by ordinary citizens—like never before. The eyes of the world were on India and stories about violence against women in India were hitting global headlines almost on a daily basis.
In this documentary, Indian journalist and filmmaker Vibha Bakshi questions how Indian society is changing after the 2012 events. Although an Anti-Rape Law was passed and radical changes were made within the police force and the judiciary, gender violence still persists. Did anything change? We believe something did.
Throughout the film, Bakshi 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.
For the first time in the history of the Delhi Police, cameras were allowed inside the Delhi Police Control and Command room, right after the rape and murder of Nirbhaya.
DAUGHTERS OF MOTHER INDIA has become a tool for social change and it’s having unprecedented impact in India by transforming attitudes on women’s rights. Police across the country are screening the film to gender sensitize the Force. Schools, community organizations and corporations are screening the film to their constituents.
Most recently, the film was awarded the National Film Award for Best Film on Social Issues by the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee.
Winner of the New York Indian Film Festival Best Documentary Award, DAUGHTERS OF MOTHER INDIA features interviews with Justice Leila Seth, Member of the Anti Rape Recommendation Committee; Indira Jaising, Additional Solicitor General Supreme Court; Dipankar Gupta, Sociologist; Neeraj Kumar, Delhi Police Commisioner; Suman Nalwa, Head of Delhi Police Unit for Women and Children; Kiran Bedi, Activist; Abha Sahgal, Principal of Sanskriti School; Syed Mubin Zehr, Social Analyst; Arvind Gaur, Activist and Founder of Asmita Theatre Group; and local residents of Delhi.