The Forgotten Woman

Special admission prices apply: General admission, $10 until March 11, $11 on or after March 12; BAM/PFA and Center for Asian American Media members, $8; Students, seniors, and disabled persons, $9.

A nonfictional companion piece to Deepa Mehta's Water, this lyrical documentary by Mehta's brother Dilip focuses on the Indian holy city of Vrindavan, “the city of widows.” While Water created a fictional story about the marginalization of widows in India, complete with professional actors and glossy sets, The Forgotten Woman turns instead to real stories, unvarnished settings, and actual widows. Dilip Mehta's internationally acclaimed talents as a photojournalist find a true translation in film; he manages to capture beautiful, harsh moments that “tell” the story, yet remain respectful to the widows who bare their souls. For Susan Walker of the Toronto Star, the film is “a powerful reminder of the forgotten,” while in the words of the HotDocs Film Festival, “the stories and images raise a powerful call for change.”

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