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.
In March 2015 the film was banned in India. At the US-premiere of the film, Meryl Streep, one of the illustrious hosts of the event, remarked: “Tonight we light these candles to honor the value and the work of Nirbhaya’s short, promising life . . . She was India’s daughter. Tonight she’s our daughter too. We are all India’s Daughters.”
Emma Thompson has described “India’s Daughter” as “one of the most important video documents of the 21st century.”
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, screening and #RocktheBindi party on May 19 at the Hotel Carlton’s Nikki Beach.
India’s Daughter is a documentary film directed by Leslee Udwin which aired on the BBC’s ongoing Storyville series and co-premiered across 5 other countries on International Women’s Day (8th March): Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Switzerland and Canada. The film is based on the 2012 Delhi gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old physiotherapy student on a moving bus in Delhi. India was to join hands in the simultaneous broadcast of the film. However, when excerpts of the film containing an interview with Mukesh Singh, one of the men convicted of the rape and murder, were aired, the police and Indian Home Minister obtained a court order to prohibit the broadcast. NDTV was forced to comply with the ban and did not air the film in India. Instead it ran a black screen for the one hour during which the documentary was scheduled to have been on air. Leslee Udwin will be making an important announcement at the Cannes launch on the 19th May about the latest development in the India’s Daughter global campaign.