Leslee Udwin


India's Daughter May Change Nothing, But India Needs To Watch It

The film needs to be screened not because it is going to bring about even an iota of change. It needs to be screened so that Indians can have their own reactions and responses to the film--to like it, to hate it and to criticise it--rather than being fed vicariously the views and opinions of those who have seen it and have the right to see it.
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Why I Didn't Get Raped

I want to tell my story to all the 'bad' women (a full 80% of the female population, after all)--those who are prone to 'western culture', 'wear jeans' or use 'mobile phones'. I want to tell them how I was successful in saving myself from getting raped in a country where every 20 minutes a woman suffers a sexual assault.

In A Trial By Media, The Accused Must Be Free To State Their Case Too

Criminal trials increasingly operate in a world of saturation media coverage. It is time to acknowledge this fact in our treatment of them. The incarceration of the accused while adjudication of the case is still pending leaves them with limited resources to state their case in the court of public opinion, while the prosecution has no such limitations. Often access to the media, even if limited, enables the accused to provide their side of the story.

Why India's Daughter Does A Disservice To Both Men And Women

Though well intentioned, Udwin's take on the issues of gender violence, and what the film dubs as India's "rape problem," does more harm than good to the greater struggle for gender equality in India. Far from casting a contemplative reflection on the incident and its aftermath, India's Daughter feels more like an investigative expose replete with detailed re-enactments of the incident, which in a perverse way fetishises the rape and glorifies the violent incident, tropes that are familiar to those of us who grew up watching films about India.
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Don't Ban The Documentary, Ban Misogyny

The government banning this film proves how weak our state is. By going to the courts, the Indian government is turning a blind eye to this woman and the many women who have been subjected to this kind of discrimination. It reflects the government's lack of desire to work toward lasting changes. We take pride in being a democracy, but hide behind a ban when a documentary really highlights a condemnable social plague that we have just accepted to be a part of our lives.