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Producer-Director-Script-Voice over: Indrani Nayar-Gall DOP, Cinematographer: Tuhin Saha Editor: Bijoy Ruj Duration Full: 43:35 Short: 19:15, HD Completion Date: 12-24-2016 The film has received seven laurels and The Outstanding Achievement Award at CICFF 2018. We want more people to know about these stories. Contact us to arrange a screening event.
We made an experimental documentary on the challenges to eradicating the Devadasi tradition. We sought out scholars, activists, former and practicing devadasis, to find out why and how this tradition persists in north interior Karnataka. Response to the documentary has been very encouraging.
Review: WilmFFilm was honored to premiere Indrani Gall’s powerful film Devadasi_NOW as we believe in its mission to spread awareness of the plight of these women.
Stories of survival
“When I turned 12, my brother took me to Mumbai and tried to sell me to a businessman. As soon I realized it was a trap to commit me to prostitution, I made him bring me back to the village.”
After many ordeals Kasavva freed herself. Today she is a working mother of two and a volunteer for MASS
“My grandparents decided to make me a devadasi. At age 8 my Muttu (red & white beads) was tied. And when I reached puberty at 11 there was a big ceremony. They gave me away to 35-year old man. My parents and grandparents forced me into this for money. Soon after I became pregnant and nearly died at child birth.”
Today Rekha is an independent woman. Her daughter is studying at a college
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I was dedicated at 5. When I became 13 years they gave me away to a man who gave a gold chain and clothing. He stayed for five months. I will never dedicate my daughter to this tradition. I am sending her to school.
Story of L
After mother became sick my uncle threw us out of his house. I had to become a devadasi to support my mother and sister. The dedication was like a marriage ceremony. The priest stamped hot iron on my two shoulders
My mother, grandmother all were devadasis. I am the second daughter. They married off my sisters but made me a Devadasi. I was dedicated at a very young age. My partner doesn't support my children - I do.
Vimukthi of hospet
Vimukthi is formed by passionate men and women interested in improving lives of underprivileged women of Bellary district.Vimukthi is now working toward preventing dedication of girls into the Devadasi tradition.
T. Narayan, the program director of Vimukthi is the driving force of the organization. Although Vimukthi has dedicated members, they face many challenges to continue their work.
Avengers of Ballari Karnataka! A group of dedicated volunteers working passionately. Vimukthi is our primary facilitator in the former Devadasi_NOW Project- and now Yes She Rises