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India's Daughter
A film by Leslee Udwin
UK/India, 2015, 62 minutes, Color, DVD, Hindi, Subtitled
Order No. W151161
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. 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.


Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund, Spotlighting Women Documentary Award
Indian Film Festival of Stuttgart, Audience Award
Biografilm Bologna, Audience Award

  • Tribeca Film Festival
  • AFI Docs
  • Sheffield Doc/Fest
  • International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA)- Docs for Sale
  • Indian Film Festival of Stuttgart
  • Biografilm Bologna
  • Cinema for Peace, Cannes
  • Denver Film Festival
  • United Nations Association Film Festival, Stanford University
  • Citizen Jane Film Festival
  • Heartland Festival
  • Bisbee Film Festival

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    "This film does what the politicians should be doing… this documentary’s determination to shed light on the country’s rape crisis should inspire change."
    The Guardian

    "India’s Daughter is a necessary watch – not just for women of India but for women across the world.”
    The Independent

    "Ms. Udwin's film has increased worldwide awareness of attitudes that beget sexual violence against women."
    The New York Times

    "This harrowing documentary… provides a revealing insight into a horrific crime that sent shock waves around the world and led to protests across India demanding changes in attitudes towards women."

    "***An American Library Association-Video Round Table Notable Video for Adults, this film is recommended."
    Video Librarian

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