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Saturday, October 10 • 12:00 - 13:00
Documentary Filmmaker and Activist

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Documentary filmmaker and activist Leslee Udwin tells about her work in producing India's Daughter.

In her own words:

When the news of the ‘India’s Daughter’ gang-rape hit our TV screens around the world in December 2012, I was as shocked and upset as we all are when faced with such brazen abandon of the norms of ‘civilised’ society. But what moved and compelled me to commit to the harrowing and difficult journey of making this film was not so much the horror of this rape (I knew that violent and brutal rapes happen all the over the world with horrifying and relentless frequency), but the optimism occasioned by the events that followed it. It was the ordinary men and women of India, in unprecedented numbers, who poured out onto the streets, and withstood the onslaught of teargas shells, lathi charges and water canons, to make their cry of ‘enough is enough’ heard with extraordinary forbearance, commitment and passion. This was an “Arab spring for Gender Equality”, and it occurred to me that in my lifetime I had never witnessed any other country make such a stand for my rights as a woman. I felt inspired, and compelled to bend my skills, my energies and whatever talents I may have as a filmmaker to amplify those determined and hopeful voices

When we look at the worldwide statistics of rape and violence against women in general, needless to say India comes off pretty badly. But I think it is important to bear in mind that this is by no means an India-centric problem. Far from it. Patriarchy, discrimination against, and devaluation of women is rife the world over. The statistics which roll at the end of the film bear witness to that. In my own country, the UK, 33% – that’s 1 in 3 – young girls aged between 13 and 17 have experienced sexual violence. One woman in 5, globally, will be raped or be a victim of attempted rape, and 1 in 3, globally, is beaten, forced into sex, or abused. I have been raped.

One of the more startling aspects of “INDIA’s DAUGHTER” is an unprecedented confession in custody from one of the rapists in this case. We filmed him in Tihar Jail, Delhi, after his conviction. This interview has afforded crucial insight into the mindset of the men who committed the rape, and presents a wider in-depth exploration of the patriarchal society and culture which seeds and encourages violence against women. With understanding comes the possibility of change.

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Pavla Holcova

Founder, Czech Centre for Investigative Journalism
Pavla Holcova is the founder of the Czech Center for Investigative Journalism, where she has investigated cases concerning Serbian organized crime suspects, Montenegrin secret service investments in Prague, money laundering, and offshore companies. Before founding the Czech center... Read More →

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Leslee Udwin

Documentary filmmaker, Assassin Films
Leslee Udwin is an independent British filmmaker based in London. No stranger to campaigning films which proved to be powerful tools for change, she produced “Who Bombed Birmingham” (starring John Hurt, for Granada/HBO) which directly led to the release of the ‘Birmingham Six... Read More →

Saturday October 10, 2015 12:00 - 13:00 CEST
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