INDIA’S DAUGHTER is the powerful story of the 2012, brutal gang rape on a Delhi bus of a 23 year old medical student, who later died from her injuries. In 2012, it made international headlines and ignited protests by women in India and around the world. This month India’s government banned the film while the BBC moved their planned broadcast up by days and ignited a new controversy. 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. The defense attorney goes even further, stating that “immodest” women deserve what happens to them. 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.
A portion of the proceeds from this event will go to support the Portland Women’s Crisis Line.
Volunteers from PWCL will be on site to support audience members who become triggered by the content of this film.
About the Director:
Leslee Udwin started out as an actress, enjoying a career which spanned some 15 years during which her roles included Lady Macbeth in the celebrated Cheek By Jowl’s Macbeth, Masha in Shared Experience’s Three Sisters, Gila in Not Quite Jerusalem at the Royal Court, Isobel in The Mayor of Zalamea at the National Theatre, Jessica to Sir Alec Guinness’ Shylock in The Merchant of Venice, etc.
In 1986, she faced a life- and home-threatening experience at the hands of one of Britain’s most notorious criminal landlords. After fighting a long and hard battle against him, and winning – setting a legal precedent in the High Court of England – she felt that as many people as possible should know about and be inspired by this optimistic story, so she set about getting it made as a TV film. That was her first step towards producing. She developed it [“SITTING TARGETS”] with Mark Shivas (then Head of Drama at the BBC), and also played herself in it. The film had considerable impact as a piece of campaigning television.
Leslee was then approached by the Birmingham Six Campaign Group to try to set up a film in their defence. With Granada Television, she set up and produced the award-winning drama-documentary feature “Who Bombed Birmingham?” , starring John Hurt. This film was hailed as mould-breaking and had an enormous and controversial impact in the UK. It helped get the case of the six innocent men reopened (with a new Appeal in 1991) which led to the long overdue release of ‘the Birminghjam Six’ (after 17 years of wrongful imprisonment). The film led a furious Margaret Thatcher to address the House of Commons on the morning after its broadcast with the assertion: “we will not have trial by television in this country!”.
Leslee then went on to produce more TV drama, and continued to act from time to time, and to have 2 children. In 1995 she set up her own Feature Film production company, ASSASSIN FILMS, under the auspices of which she produced EAST IS EAST in 1998, her first feature film (which went on to win the BAFTA Award for best British Film, and a box-office worldwide gross of $48m).
In 2000, Leslee was awarded the London Critics’ Circle Producer of the Year Award.
INDIA’S DAUGHTER is her directorial debut and first documentary.
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