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Screening of "India's Daughter" in Cannes and Vienna

Cinema for Peace presented the award-winning documentary "India's Daughter" by Leslee Udwin at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival and the Monthly Screening in Vienna.


On the occasion of the Festival de Cannes 2015, Cinema for Peace and Plan International (UK) were co-hosting an evening for INDIA’s DAUGHTER, a film by Leslee Udwin.

The Cinema for Peace Foundation once more showed and extraordinary film in a special screening in Cannes this year. After the film “Ground zero” in 2014, Cinema for Peace featured this year the documentary “Inda’s Daughter” by Leslee Udwin, which investigates the brutal gang rape of a young woman in Delhi in 2012. The young woman, who was only 23 years old, was called Jyoti Singh Pandey and she died a couple of days later. In commemoration to her, Leslee Udwin shot the documentary in hope to change the status quo for women in india, by interviewing the rapists and other involved parties in order to show how highly discriminating and dehumanizing their views are against women, which consequently triggered worldwide discussions about women misogyny and a movement to end such violence against women.

Through the powerful medium of film, Leslee Udwin's feature-length documentary “India’s Daughter” has sparked heated debate across the world on violence against women and girls and the global pandemic of gender inequality.  Already highly committed to women’s rights, Cinema for Peace  has partnered with charity Plan International (UK), a powerful agent for change for girls’ rights around the world, to host a dinner and screening of  this movie, which Emma Thompson has described as “one of the most important video documents of the 21st century.” At this occasion the famous Indian actress Nandita Das who said “many of us - men, women and children - took to the streets to demand a life of dignity for all women and for us to be able to live without fear anywhere in the country. Banning a documentary that is about this sensitive issue and forces us to see our misogynistic side is not even acknowledging the problem” as the film was banned from airing in India.

One of the convicted rapists serving life imprisonment, Mukesh Singh, was interviewed for the documentary. He said in the interview "When being raped, she shouldn’t fight back. She should just be silent and allow the rape. Then they’d have dropped her off after ‘doing her’, and only hit the boy." He later added, "A girl is far more responsible for rape than a boy … A decent girl won’t roam around at nine o’clock at night … Housework and housekeeping is for girls, not roaming in discos and bars at night doing wrong things, wearing wrong clothes."

A. P. Singh, a defence lawyer in the case, was shown saying, “If my daughter or sister engaged in pre-marital activities and disgraced herself and allowed herself to lose face and character by doing such things, I would most certainly take this sort of sister or daughter to my farmhouse, and in front of my entire family, I would put petrol on her and set her alight.” Asked later if he stood by those comments, he insisted that he did.

The whole evening was moderated by the famous Australian-British Author Kathy Lette. The Charity Auction and the Dinner afterwards were a great success, especially thanks to all the many guests and engaged supporters such as Uma Thurman, Emma Thompson, Nandita Das, Meryl Streep, Kathy Lette, Freida Pinto, Helen Mirren and Alan Rickman. The final screening of the movie on the beach was moving and deeply touched all the guests. It was followed by an intense and mind opening panel discussion with Leslee Udwin. The #RocktheBindi Party supporting women empowerment was the perfect conclusion for such an extraordinary experience.

The documentary was also featured at Cinema for Peace's Monthly Screening in Vienna.

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Upcoming Screenings:


August 13th 2018, at the Schikaneder Kino in Vienna / Address: Margaretenstraße 24, A - 1040 Wien