Something Like a War

A film by Deepa Dhanraj

England | 1991 | 52 minutes | Color | DVD | Order No. 99321


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.


“A very fine addition to library collections.”

Video Rating Guide for Libraries

“This riveting documentary makes a searing should be seen by everyone concerned about the problem of population.”

The Sunday Observer (London)


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


Deepa Dhanraj

Deepa Dhanraj is an award winning filmmaker who has been actively involved in the women's movement since 1980. Over the years, she has participated in workshops, seminars and discussion groups on various issues related to women's status - political participation, health and education. Deepa has an extensive filmography spanning nearly three decades that include many series of films on education and health as well as award wining documentaries. Enough of this Silence (2008) , The Advocate' (2007), "Nari Adalat" (2000), 'Itta Hejje Mundakka Thegiya Bediri Hindakka', a series of 12 films for elected women in Gram Panchayats (1995), 'The Legacy of Malthus' (1994), 'Something like a War' (1991), 'Kya Hua Iss Shehar Ko' (1986) and 'Sudesha'(1983), are a few of her films. Her films have traveled to numerous film festivals world wide. (6/12)


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