San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival3rd I


A Nation Without Women (Matrubhumi)

8:00 pm, November 2, Roxie Theatre
US Premiere
Admission $8
Director: Manish Jha
Country: France/India (2003)
Running Time: 93 mins; Color
Hindi with English subtitles

A Nation Without Women is one of the most startling debut features to emerge from India in recent memory. It is astonishing not only for its courageous treatment of an incendiary issue - female infanticide - but for its remarkable technical prowess. After centuries of female infanticide, abortion and dowry deaths, India's women have slowly but methodically been almost wiped out. Writer/director Manish Jha asks, then what? What's the worst that could happen? "I wanted to make an effort to look at our status quo and see what would happen if India continued the way it's now going."

Matrubhoomi took the top prize of the International Federation of Film Critics award at the recent Venice Film Festival.

Sponsors & Co-presenters

Sponsored by Sumati Patel-Pareek and Alok Pareek, 3rd I Benefactors

Co presenters:
Child Family Health International
Ramada Limited Downtown

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