Swedish Institute NFGL Local network at Lund, in collaboration with South Asian studies network (SASNET) is taking the initiative for screening the film: “India’s Daughter” on the occasion of International Women’s Day, March 8th, 2018, as an effort to re-explore and re-evaluate the context of gender based sexual violence in India.
Amrita Ghosh, Postdoctoral researcher from Linnaeus University and SASNET researcher Maria Tonini will be the speakers of the evening.
It’s been six years since the gruesome event in Delhi. At a time now when the #metoo movement has fostered and opened up a space for women’s voices about harassment, assault and violence in several spheres across nations, this documentary and its timely screening invites us to look back and critically ask questions about transnational feminism, ethics of viewership, gender and power dynamics, constructions of masculinity and the changes that have taken place across borders and boundaries, so as we “see” not from hegemonic positions but with critical solidarity.
“India’s Daughter” narrates the story of an ordinary girl with an extremely cruel life experience which broke the silence around rape culture in the neo-liberal Indian society.
This is the story of Nirbhaya aka Jyoti Singh, a 23-year-old medical student, in Delhi, who was brutally assaulted by six men in a private bus, on her way back home, on December 16, 2012. This gruesome murder was documented by Leslee Udwin as a part of BBC’s Storyville series and was broadcasted on the date of International Women,s Day, 2015. Initially, for reasons related to ethical and moral concerns of hiding the identity of the victim, the documentary was stopped from getting screened in India. However, amidst all the controversies related to the it, India’s Daughter is still shouting out to the world, seeking justice for her ordeals, or perhaps waiting for a safer world to wing her desires.
This event is open to all and no registration is required.
Venue: International Desk, Lund university
Read more about the event here.
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