Udwin's harrowing film tells of the brutal rape of Jyoti Singh, the 23 year-old Medical student in Delhi who was attacked by six men on a bus on her way to the cinema, and subsequently died. India's Daughter ignited protest throughout India and led to a worldwide demand for change in the country's attitudes to women.
Indian police attempted an indictment against Udwin after the film aired on the BBC, claiming it could inflame tensions, and banned it in their home country. As a result, the BBC pulled the film's airing date forward in a freedom of speech protest, when over 300,000 people tuned in to watch it. Likewise in India, many high-profile figures gained access to the film online, calling for others to do the same and so to challenge the government's censorship.
Leslee Udwin's film gives the inside story on the events that caused such international outrage. She considers the mind-sets not only of those involved in the brutality, but also the attitudes of Indian society as a whole. Whilst this particular event was highly publicised for its brutality, India has a strikingly high proportion of such cases, with Udwin's film and the horrific events themselves triggering a call for national change.
Speaking to both the parents of the victim and of the perpetrators, as well as conducting a chilling interview with one of the rapists from his prison cell as he awaits appeal for the death sentence, Udwin's film looks extensively at all those involved.
The Q&A following the film will offer the opportunity to ask questions of Udwin, whose film has been criticised by some for sensationalism, and to discuss India's social and political climate: in both its attitudes to women, and retention of the death penalty, which remains in place but is only implemented in extreme cases.
The film will be screening at the new Curzon Bloomsbury cinema on 30 April as part of their Dochouse Thursdays.
Culture Whisper members can win tickets to this event by emailing [email protected].
|What||India's Daughter, plus Q&A with director|
|Where||Bertha Dochouse, The Brunswick, London, WC1N 1AW | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Russell Square (underground)|
On 30 Apr 15, 7:30 PM – 12:00 AM
|Price||£12.50 (£10 concessions)|
|Website||Click here to book via Dochouse.|