Controversial Film about Hindu Widows to Open Toronto Film Festival

June 29, 2005

Source: BBC News

On June 29, 2005 BBC News reported, "The movie Water, which triggered violent protests while being filmed in India, will open the Toronto International Film Festival. Directed by Deepa Mehta, the movie follows the lives of Hindu widows. Filming in India was abandoned five years ago after hardline Hindu protesters burned its sets, claiming the movie distorted Indian culture. Filming was completed in Sri Lanka. Its world premiere will open the festival, which runs from 8 to 17 September... Water completed a film trilogy that included Earth and Fire, which portrayed a lesbian relationship and was temporarily pulled from distribution in India after cinemas showing it were attacked."