Deepa Mehat is one of my favourite people. I think she knows it. I’ve interviewed her on camera and on stage. My feelings are known to many. So when I became host of the Bell Fibe tv1 show, Making Movies (the Canadian Way), it made sense for me to invite her to be a guest. For those who don’t know the show, Making Movies is a local community program that invites the big, the known and the soon to be big and known names in Toronto filmmakers to share their experience on how they get started in their career, and how they maintain a career through all the ups and downs. Guests have been, Piers Handling (CEO TIFF), Valerie Buhagiar (actor/director), Ingrid Veninger (director/actor), Coral Aiken (producer), Robert Lantos (Producer), Zaib Shaikh (actor, Toronto Film Commisioner), James Stewart (director), and Mark Korven (composer, THE WITCH).
The first year Deepa was busy in the edit suite with the documentary, ANATOMY OF VIOLENCE.
And so it is when you want to get high-profile director’s on your show – they are often working. And when you like a filmmaker, making film is what you want them to be doing, even if it does make them unavailable to do your show.
So I wait a year and try again. But guess what? You can’t keep a good filmmaker at home.
This press release explains everything:
Canadian filmmaker Deepa Mehta
touring the world with ANATOMY OF VIOLENCE!
TORONTO, February 8, 2017 – Over the next couple of months,
Canadian filmmaker will be travelling around the world with her film
Anatomy of Violence, which debuted at TIFF 2016. Mixing fiction and fact,
the film is an improvised exploration of the events leading up to and following
the 2012 gang rape of a young woman by six men on a bus in New Delhi.
The film – which addresses universal issues of violence against women,
women’s rights and patriarchal culture – continues to elicit discussion.
On February 10, the film will be hosted by Harvard
University in connection with India Conference 2017.
After the screening, there will be a panel discussion about
the complicity of social mores in fostering violence against
women. Moderated by Ravi Karkara (UN Women), the
panel will include Mehta, Jacqueline Bhabha (Professor of
the Practice of Health and Human Rights, Harvard) and
Gulika Reddy (Founder and Director, Schools of Equality).
On February 15, the film will be screening at the Senate
in Ottawa, followed by a conversation with Mehta, and
The Honorable Senators Mobina Jaffer and Ratna Omidvar.
March will kick off with a tour of Asia. Starting in Manila,
Philippines, the film will journey to Bangkok, Thailand, and
then finish up in New Delhi, India. Screenings on this tour will
be accompanied by discussions with Mehta and many others.
The film has played at many film festivals worldwide, including
Mumbai, Reykjavík, Tallinn, Trivandrum, Valladolid and Whistler.
Conceived and directed by Deepa Mehta, the film is produced by
longtime collaborator David Hamilton (eight Mehta films, including
Oscar-nominated Water). Twelve actors collaborated with filmmaker
Mehta and famous theatre director Neelam Mansingh Chowdhry to
imagine what might have driven the men towards such a savage assault.
The film also imagines the nature of the young woman’s life, her family,
her friends, her hopes and dreams before the fatal attack. The actors
(Vansh Bhardwaj, Tia Bhatia, Janki Bisht, Seema Biswas, Mukti Das,
Suman Jha, Ramanjit Kaur, Debina Rakshit, Mahesh Saini, Jagjeet Sandhu,
Zorawar Shukla and Davinder Singh) are accredited with the screenplay.
So…congratulations on a very important film. Have a great tour and we’ll talk again next year.