South Asian Film Festival
A Suitable Girl
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Winner of the Documentary New Director Award at the Tribeca Film Festival, A SUITABLE GIRL follows three young women in India struggling to maintain their identities and follow their dreams amid intense pressure to get married. Ritu, Dipti and Amrita represent the new India. Educated, financially stable and raised with a mix of traditional and contemporary values in urban cities, they have access to the world in ways their mothers did not. Yet their lives take a dramatic turn when the pressure to settle down and get married hits, and career aspirations become secondary to the pursuit of a husband. Intimately documenting the matchmaking process over four years, the film examines the women’s complex relationship with arranged marriage, family, and society.
India/USA, 2017, 90 min, Directed by Sarita Khurana and Smriti Mundhra, Not Rated, In English and Hindi with English subtitles
“Stirring… a stark look at [India’s] ongoing clash between modernity and tradition when it comes to female independence (or lack thereof)…a sharp documentary.”– Nick Schager, VARIETY