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Delhi Bound for Work documentary public screening

 
2009-10-14

 

Delhi Bound for Work, the latest documentary by Queen’s Film and Media Studies professor Reena Kukreja, will be screened in room 117, Chernoff Hall, at 7pm on Wednesday, October 21.

The film offers an intimate look at the lives of migrating women from their poverty stricken villages to urban centres like Delhi, and captures the harsh reality of economic marginalization that has led to the new phenomenon of gendered migration for domestic work in Eastern India.

“During the production of the film, I struggled with questions of ethics of representation and what to include and what to leave out,” says Professor Kukreja. “Discussions with a few domestic workers who had become my friends enabled me to strike a balance and project the abuse, neglect and exploitation that a majority of domestic workers grapple with in a manner that respects them and shows their courage and inner dignity. Domestic workers like Pratima, Kamala, Reema and others who spent countless hours talking to me wanted this film to be an eye-opener and a soul searcher for their families, their communities, their employers and for the Government.  I hope that Delhi Bound for Work manages to do justice to their wishes.”

A question and answer session with the filmmaker will follow Wednesday’s screening.
 

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