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The Hidden Story
India, 1995, 58 minutes, Color, DVD, Subtitled
Order No. W99572
Its title referring both to women's hidden lives and the hidden work of creating ethnographic realities, this nuanced look at the lives of four rural Indian women paints a portrait of survival and advancement against great odds. Examining the lives of women tenant farmers, it depicts women balancing resistance and activism with a deep commitment to diverse myths and traditions. As scenes of India's changing urban and rural landscapes mingle with candid interviews and first-person narration, this perceptive film showcases how issues of class, education, and political consciousness shape documentary practice and women's circumstances.


  • Bombay International Short and Doc Film Fest
  • Geneva North South Media Encounter Independents Competition
  • New Delhi Festival of Videos

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    "A personal and interestingly constructed film...a travelogue into the myths, dreams, and minds of four amazing peasant women."
    India Today

    "Reflective, meaningful...The varied geographical, social, and cultural milieu of the country is evoked, complete with music, dance, and even mythical representations..."
    The Times of India

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