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A movie that gives women a voice wins at Brussels film Fest

A compelling short film by a UAE-based filmmaker/producer, which portrays the silent suffering of women in the face of every-day male prejudices and biased patriarchal norms, is going places.

The movie won the Best Film in the Next Generation International category at the recent Brussels International Film Festival.

It will now be screened in-competition at the 2018 New York Indian Film Festival on May 10, 2018.

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The movie is set to win big

‘Everything is Fine’ is an Indo-US production, directed by Mansi Nirmal Jain and produced by UAE-based Sasha John.

The film gained critical acclaim at its screenings at the Lincoln Centre in New York and at the 2017 Filmfare Awards ceremony in New Delhi.

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The female-centric drama, with a primarily all-women cast and crew, features veteran Indian actress Seema Bhargava Pahwa and the National Award-winning Palomi Ghosh.

‘Everything is Fine’ draws out the side of Indian women seldom portrayed in art as they often silently suffer domestic abuse – be it verbal belittlement or the snide remarks that are rife in a patriarchal order.

Its subtle treatment of a relevant contemporary issue – without fiery statements or patronization – has earned positive reviews.

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What’s the story?

The film follows Asha (Seema Bhargava Pahwa), a 58-year-old oppressed housewife from small-town India, who arrives in New Delhi to visit her independent-spirited daughter Natasha (Palomi Ghosh).

She has come with the hope of leaving her deeply patriarchal marriage. When she shares her desire with Natasha, the reaction is shock and anger.

Mansi Nirmal Jain said: “’Everything is Fine’ is rooted in the Indian milieu but has universal resonance; it is about people who are hindered from standing up for themselves, for whatever reason – family obligations or social norms.

“This film is a tribute to every woman, and has a theme inspired by the true stories of many women – mothers, wives, daughters and grandmothers – before they are even seen as human beings,” she added.

On the other hand, Sasha John, said that they are planning to develop the film into a feature film to be made in New York and India.”