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.
Documentary filmmaker; assistant professor of anthropology, Towson University
Harjant Gill is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and an assistant professor of anthropology at Towson University.
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