27 November 2015
JOIN-THE-DEBATE@IGA: INDIA’S DAUGHTER - AN EVENING WITH RIDDHI JHA, ASSOCIATE PRODUCER
At this Join-the-Debate@IGA we will be showing India's Daughter, a powerful documentary on rape, women’s rights, culture, blame, violence, which also voices a perpetrator’s views.
In addition, we are joined by Associate Producer, Riddhi Jha, who will introduce the documentary before the film starts and participate in the debate after the showing.
As per normal, the debate will be facilitated by a group analyst
The documentary is written and directed by documentary-maker Leslee Udwin and is a hard-hitting documentary about the gang rape of a young woman in Delhi that the Indian authorities decided to ban upon its release. The film documents the brutal rape in December 2012 of the 23-year-old physiotherapy student Jyoti Singh, and it is described as “powerful and compelling” and “of international interest” by BBC Four editor, Cassian Harrison.
The film caused an uproar in India at the time of its release which caused the documentary maker to fear she could be arrested if remaining in India, according to India’s NDTV channel.
India’s Daughter includes interviews with one of the men convicted of the crime, who is now in prison in Delhi and waiting for the Supreme Court to hear his appeal against the death sentence.
In it, Mukesh Singh suggests his victim would not have been killed if she had not fought back against her attackers and appears to blame her for not behaving like “a decent girl”. He says: “When being raped, she shouldn’t fight back. She should just be silent and allow the rape. Then they’d have dropped her off after ‘doing her’, and only hit the boy.”
Riddhi Jha is a UK Producer/Writer, educated at Royal Holloway, University of London. She started her career working in post-production and later began developing programmes for major UK television channels. Her debut in production was on a Channel 4 documentary ‘Why Don’t You Speak English?’ which followed the lives of those who had settled in the UK for the first time. Riddhi has since worked on the popular BBC television series ‘The Great British Bake Off’, has cast contributors and worked as Researcher for several productions for the BBC and Discovery and has scripted several commercials.
Leslee Udwin is a British actress and producer located in London. She was born in 1957 in Savyon, Israel to a Jewish father. She started her production company Assassin Films in 1989 and among her productions are the documentary India's Daughter and the films East is East (1999) and West is West (2010).
Article about Leslee Udwin and India’s Daughter: http://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/Things-You-Need-to-Know-About-Leslee-Udwin-and-her-Documentary-on-Nirbhaya/
6.00 Registration and refreshments
6.30 Introduction to the evening by Sharon Kalsy, Executive Director @ IGA
Introduction to the film by Riddhi Jha, Associate Producer
6.45 Film Showing (approx. 1h)
8.00 Q&A and debate with the audience and Riddhi Jha, on the film’s messages.
Convened by Dick Blackwell, IGA Group Analyst
9.30 Debate ends
Book online or contact Mari Haugen in the IGA National Office on 020 7431 2693 or on email@example.com
Flyer to download and distribute at own will can be found here