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Something Like a War
A film by Deepa Dhanraj
England, 1991, 52 minutes, Color, DVD
Order No. W99321
SOMETHING LIKE A WAR is a chilling examination of India’s family planning program from the point of view of the women who are its primary targets. It traces the history of the family planning program and exposes the cynicism, corruption and brutality which characterizes its implementation. As the women themselves discuss their status, sexuality, fertility control and health, it is clear that their perceptions are in conflict with those of the program. SOMETHING LIKE A WAR is an excellent resource for the study of international development and aid, population control, reproductive rights, health and women.


  • International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA)
  • Bombay Int'l Film Festival
  • Madurai Int'l Documentary and Short Film Festival

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    “A very fine addition to library collections.”
    Video Rating Guide for Libraries

    “This riveting documentary makes a searing impact...it should be seen by everyone concerned about the problem of population.”
    The Sunday Observer (London)

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