Author: Tulip Joshi
Director/Composer/Na: Manish Jha
Publisher: Eros Multimedia
ISBN/UPC (if available): DVD E-1095
The film ‘Matrubhoomi A Nation Without Women’ explores the impact of absence of women on men. The instability, which can creep into a society due to the absence of women-be it physical, emotional or psychological. It underlines how the absence of women inexorably leads to the debasement of men, draining them of all that makes them human.
The film explores a Futuristic Rural India wherein due to rampant female infanticide, women are practically extinct. The impact of the absence of women on men sees them finding alternative sources of release – pornography, homosexuality, bestiality and violence.
The film tells the story of Kalki. When a girl is actually spied, she is promptly sold by her father and married to five brothers. All five – and the father-in-law-exercise their conjugal rights in turn. She starts coming closer to the youngest brother, the only one who treats her as a human being much to the chagrin of the father and other brothers. The eldest brother has the youngest one killed. She turns to her father for refuge but the father blinded with money lets her down. After her attempt to escape with the low caste servant boy unwittingly triggers off a caste war, she is clapped in iron chains in a cow shed and raped repeatedly by her family and the low castes as well. When she finally becomes pregnant, everyone claims paternity. In the throes of the devastating caste war that ensues over her, she gives birth to a girl.
“One of the Year’s Top Ten Films in the World…”
Winner of FIPRESCI AWARD for the Best film in non-competitive section of VENICE.
Winner of Audience Award for Best film of KOZLIN, Poland.
Winner Audience Award for Best Foreign Film of THESSALONIKI.
Winner Audience Award for Best film of Festival of INDIAN film, FLORENCE.
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