At a political event in Lucknow that was promising free saris, a gruesome stampede kills 22 women and injures many others. This seemingly stray incident hints at the sordid side of Indian democracy, but also goes deeper, to explore the daily humiliations forced upon these women and their families. As Lucknow’s boomtown dynamics pushes them further to the margins, we observe the women’s struggles to keep their homes, hopes and dignity intact, all the while petitioning an apathetic state to pay heed to their needs.
[director]Nishtha Jain graduated in 1998 from the Fim and Television Institute of India, Pune, where she specialized in film direction. Since then, she has been making independent documentaries, most recently City of Photos (FSA ’05), Call It Slut and Lakshmi and Me.
Smriti Nevatia, a film and theatre critic, has been associated with a large number of independent documentaries and television shows as research coordinator, scriptwriter and director. Since 2002, she and Nishtha Jain collaborated on several documentary projects. [/director]