Father, Son and Holy War

    Pitra, putra aur dharamyuddha

    • Anand Patwardhan
    • India
    • 1994
    • 120 min
    • Focus: Around Masculinity

    In this two-part film, prominent documentary maker Anand Patwardhan boldly questions the notion of manhood, exploring the possibility that the origins of war, violence and terror lie in male insecurity. In the first part, Patwardhan examines the effects of patriarchy on the lives of women by looking at the Hindu legacy of sati, in which the wife is sacrificed on her husband’s funeral pyre, and the role of fire in upper-caste purifying rituals and the Bombay Riots of the early 1990s. This is set against a small group of “fire fighters” from both Hindu and Muslim backgrounds, opposing gender discrimination and violence.

    What patriarchy does to men is examined in the second part, which analyses manhood in the context of religious strife. Hindu mythology, for example, supports the belief that Muslims brought violence, destruction and rape to the subcontinent. Today, these teachings continue to evoke feelings of revenge, anger and religious intolerance. The imperative to be “real men”, shared by both religions, inevitably incites a cycle of violence. The director fought a court battle lasting more than a decade to get his film aired without censorship in his country.

    Credits

    • 120 min
    • color
    • DCP
    • Spoken languages: English, Hindi
    • Subtitles in: English
    Director
    Anand Patwardhan
    Production
    Anand Patwardhan
    Cinematography
    Anand Patwardhan
    Editing
    Anand Patwardhan
    Sound
    Simantini Dhuru, Narinder Singh, Sanjiv Shah

    IDFA history

    2022
    Screened
    Focus: Around Masculinity
    2008
    Screened
    India - East Side Stories
    1995
    Screened

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