Monday, October 17, 2016

Plaudits for Anatomy of Violence at Toronto and Iceland

Do not miss its Asia Premiere at ...

18th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival
     October 20th - 27th, 2016 
Discovering India section

1st  Screening 

October  21, Friday , PVR Icon - Audi 3,  8:55 pm  

Attending -   available for interviews
Executive Producer/Workshop  Collaborator   Neelam Mansingh Chowdhry
Actors     Vansh Bhardwaj, Mukti Das, Mahesh Saini, Suman Jha,  Ramanjit Kaur
Please note:   Deepa Mehta cannot be present for personal constraints 

2nd Screening
October 24, Monday, PVR Phoenix - Audi 4,  2:30 pm

Patrick Mullen, TIFF Review

Deepa Mehta’s new film is a bold and exciting addition to documentary culture

Mehta’s Anatomy of Violence is exactly the kind of film one hopes to encounter at a festival. This exhilarating experiment in film form is bold, pioneering filmmaking unlike anything we’ve seen before. Anatomy of Violence is the bravest risk of Mehta’s career both formally and thematically as the film envisions new terrain for cinema. Is it true crime, mockumentary, hybrid film, or docu-drama? Anatomy of Violence is all of these forms and none. Let’s call it Mehta-fiction. 

Simon Houpt , The Globe and Mail

Anatomy of Violence is an unusual film, and not just because it is an aesthetically ragged work, entirely in Hindi, with no music and no artificial lighting, shot on video with a skeletal crew that didn’t even include a hair or makeup person: wholly different than Mehta’s meticulously composed epics such as Midnight’s Children and her Elements trilogy (Fire / Earth / Water). It also defies labels: You could call it a docudrama, though Mehta says perhaps only 10 to 20 per cent of what she presents about the men is factually accurate. The film doesn’t even use the attackers’ real names.

It is, in essence, the physical artifact that emerged from two weeks of workshops last winter in Delhi with a small corps of actors (including Mehta veterans Vansh Bhardwaj, the abusive husband in Heaven on Earth, and Water’s Seema Biswas), who improvised moments from the lives of the six rapists based on the few biographical shards that had been reported. Stranger still, and strangely compelling: The actors frequently play the men in childhood, either suffering sexual or emotional abuse at the hands of relatives, or abusing others and having their parents turn a blind eye. It is an impressionistic portrait, offering glimpses of their lives that, while not excusing their later actions, provide devastating context.

Susan G Cole,

Mehta's unique take on the infamous gang rape of a young woman on a Delhi bus with her fiancé delves into the backgrounds of the perpetrators to ask what led them to become violators.

Workshopped by her excellent cast of unknowns and stars, it points the finger at a rigid class system, trauma, poverty and the patriarchal values that breed violent misogyny. These men are profoundly oppressed people; in sharp contrast, a canny - and risky - sequence shows the subway filled with well-dressed upwardly mobile women on their way to work.

Anatomy of Violence is hard-hitting, but take note - the assault itself is never shown
Mariellen Ward,

Deepa Mehta’s film Anatomy of Violence looks at the making of a rapist

This film is not about an inconvenient truth, it’s about a harrowing truth. Inspired by the Delhi Gang Rape of December 16, 2012, director Deepa Mehta veers wildly from the sensational and the conventional to present a raw film that uncovers universal truths. This horrific incident made worldwide news and provoked unprecedented outrage in India — forcing the country to examine attitudes towards women and change the laws. It stirred up issues and concerns around women’s safety in India and planted fear among many travellers and would-be travellers to India. I have written about these issues extensively on this blog and elsewhere. I saw Anatomy of Violence at a Press and Industry screening at the Toronto International Film Festival... 
Film likely to be part of school curriculum 
Following its premiere at Toronto International Film Festival in September, Anatomy of Violence is likely going to be used in Canada as a tool in the high school curriculum to support Violence Against Women and Children. The film screened in Iceland in the first week of October with the Education Ministry and the Reykjavik Film Festival Director Ms Hronn spearheading the same effort — to get it in to the senior high school curriculum. Same for Estonia and Spain so far. It is at schools, universities, women and children shelters, NGO's, as Deepa Mehta would like it to be....

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