Director: Leslee Udwin
Writer: Leslie Udwin
Genre: Documentry, Biography, Crime
India’s Daughter is the story of the brutal gang rape and murder in Delhi of 23-year-old medical student Jyoti Singh, which sparked protests and serious debate about gender inequality across India. From the earliest age, Jyoti wanted to become a doctor, but her father had no hope of affording her education. She persuaded him to put what little money he had managed to save for her marriage to cover the cost of admission to medical school. To support herself, Jyoti worked night shifts at a call center, sleeping just three hours a night over the course of four years.
On an early December evening in 2012, Jyoti joined a male friend for an evening out at the movies. After the show, they caught a bus to make the trip home. On board, six men beat Jyoti’s friend and, for almost an hour as the bus circled the Delhi streets, raped and tortured Jyoti mercilessly, then dumped her on the roadside. Jyoti clung to life for two weeks, but succumbed to her extensive injuries after seven surgeries.
The details of Jyoti’s horrific rape and murder captured India’s attention, and demonstrations erupted throughout the country as women and men alike took to the streets in outrage. rough interviews with Jyoti’s family and friends, victims’ rights advocates, as well as from the assailants, their lawyers, and their families, India’s Daughter paints a complicated picture of a country struggling to embrace modernity while wrestling with the rampant effects of extreme poverty and patriarchal attitudes towards women.
- Women News: Interview with Director by Journalist Ramaa Reddy Raghavan
- THE NEW YORKER: Silencing “India’s Daughter”
- THE MANCHESTER GUARDIAN: I made a film on rape in India. Men’s brutal attitudes truly shocked me
- THE MANCHESTER GUARDIAN: India’s Daughter review – this film does what the politicians should be doing
- THE ATLANTIC: I Am Not India’s Daughter
- THE LOS ANGELES TIMES: Review ‘India’s Daughter’ traces atrocity that became a tipping point
- New York Times Review: India’s Daughter Explores a Gang Rape and Its Galvanizing Aftermath
- Irish Film Critic: Alex Duffant Review
- The Guardian post: Meryl Streep and Sean Penn push India’s Daughter into awards race
- NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO: ‘India’s Daughter’ Opens In U.S. After Being Banned In India
- THE NEW STATESMAN: Silencing India’s Daughter: why has the Indian government banned the Delhi rape film?
- THE HINDU: ‘India’s Daughter’ available online, despite ban
- HUFFINGTON POST: Ban on India’s Daughter and Other Documentaries Is Global Censorship Issue
- VARIETY: Film Review: ‘India’s Daughter’
- VARIETY: India’s NDTV Makes On-Screen Protest Against Ban of Rape Documentary
- VARIETY: Indian Parliament Erupts After Rape Documentary Is Banned
- HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: Film Review
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- HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: India Bans Telecast of BBC Rape Documentary
- DEADLINE HOLLYWOOD: Exclusive Clip Of Banned Documentary
- DEADLINE HOLLYWOOD: BBC Rape Documentary Causes Uproar In India
- ROGER EBERT: India’s Movie Review