Parched 2015 Ages 18+

1.00PM Sat 26 Jan 2019 (1hr 56mins)
GOMA | Cinema A | Free

SYNOPSIS

‘Leena Yadav’s drama, at once warm and incisive, premiered at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, and went on to play the Stockholm International Film Festival, where it deservedly won the festival’s Impact Award. It centres on four women living in the rural town of Gujarat. Thirty-something Rani is a widower consumed with the task of marrying off her mean-spirited son. His teenage bride, Janaki, must deal with senseless shame when she arrives for the wedding day with her hair cropped short. Meanwhile, Rani’s best friend Lajjo contends with her abusive husband, and a third friend, Bijili, is demonized for being an exotic dancer and prostitute. As each woman struggles with mistreatment and misogyny, they also find surprising, moving ways to take control of their own lives. With vivid, lived-in performances and a script by Yadav that never simplifies what is a complex reality for many Indian women, Parched is an important film. It spotlights a harsh patriarchal culture and the women and girls who remain steadfast within it.’ Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles

CREDITS

DCP, COLOUR, DOLBY, 116 MINUTES, INDIA, UK, HINDI, ENGLISH (ENGLISH SUBTITLES) / DIRECTOR: LEENA YADAV / PRODUCER: ASEEM BAJAJ, AJAY DEVGN, ROHAN JAGDALE / SCRIPT: SUPRATIK SEN, LEENA YADAV / CINEMATOGRAPHER: RUSSELL CARPENTER / EDITOR: KEVIN TENT / CAST: TANNISHTHA CHATTERJEE, RAHHIKA APTE, LEHAR KHAN / PRODUCTION CO: SHIVALAYA ENTERTAINMENT / PRINTS/RIGHTS: SEVILLE INTERNATIONAL