Something Like a War

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English (subtitled), 52 min, 1991, India

'Something Like a War' examines India's national Family Planning programme from the perspective of women, who are its primary targets. The programme, launched in 1952, was formulated in collaboration with Western population control experts.
 
The film traces the history of the family planning programme and exposes the cynicism, corruption and brutality, which characterizes its implementation. It also questions the ethics of internationally funded contraceptive research, which uses Indian women as guinea pigs.
 
As the women discuss their status, sexuality, fertility control and health, it is clear that in the absence of inputs such as education, healthcare, land reform, employment opportunities, social security and improvement in women's status the programme, in their words is 'reducing the poor not poverty'.

 
Producer:
Deepa Dhanraj
 
Creative Crew
Editing:
Haida Paul
Sound:
Dileep Subramaniam
 
Awards and Screenings:

Swiss Television Award,Festival International du Film Documentaire, Nyon, Switzerland, 1992
Best Long Documentary, Films De Femmes, Creteil, France, 1993

Screenings:
IDFA,Amsterdam,2008
Mumbai International Film Festival for Short Films and Documentaries, 1992
International Short Film Festival, Leipzeg, Germany, 1992
Festival of South-Asian Women Directors - Sakhi, New York, U.S.A., 1992
Tampere Film Festival, Finland, 1993
Desh Pradesh Film Festival, Toronto, Canada, 1993
Human Rights Convention, Geneva, 1993