The Forgotten Woman

Dilip MEHTA (2008) 


Dilip Mehta’s feature documentary The Forgotten Woman was made in direct response to this interest and aims to bring about an understanding of the destitution and marginalization of many of the millions of widows in India today, who are forced by age-old traditions to live out their remaining years isolated from and shunned by the society at large.

Following the international success of Deepa Mehta’s Oscar-nominated film Water, which has achieved, to date, sales of over $14 million and more than 1,000,000 viewers, Ms. Mehta received thousands of letters from the audience. After viewing the film, many wanted to know more about the state of widows in India today. 

The Forgotten Woman explores how these widows who coerced by their families to give up their possessions become non-entities in society.

Mr. Mehta puts an unforgettable face on a problem of unimaginable scope
— Nathan Lee, The New York Times
Mehta’s eye-opening documentary is one of the more important films to screen this year
— Barry Hertz, National Post
A powerful reminder of the forgotten
— Susan Walker, Toronto Star
Pretty much guaranteed to knock your socks off!
— Vanessa Farquharson, National Post
Stunning, Beautiful
— Susan Cole, Now Magazine
— Alex Bozilovick, The Globe and Mail

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