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In India Saathin Means Friend
Produced by: T. Jayashree
Indian filmmaker T. Jayashree presents the impact of cultural and social traditions on the lives and destinies of Indian women. She begins with the story of Bhanwari, who was gang-raped by five men in her village when she tried to stop a child marriage. Bhanwari's case and other stories illustrate the tensions in a society resistant to change in its centuries-old traditions and customs.

Program Credits

In India Saathin Means Friend was produced and Narrated by Indian Film Maker Jayashree. The co-producers were Maria Nicolo and Jenna Hearns. The sound engineer was Robin Wise. This program was funded in part by the National Science Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.


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