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Devadasi_NOW

Social justice, Religious servitude, Temple prostitution, Abused women and girls, Marginalized

Overview

Genre
Cultural History, Social Issues, Minorities, Docutainment, and Human Rights
Synopsis

Devadasi_NOW is a documentary on the challenges of eradicating Devadasi tradition.
The documentary examines the illegal practice of religious servitude, popularly known as the Devadasi system that uses religion, class-caste, and poverty as weapons of discrimination, to abandon little girls of poor untouchable communities into prostitution in remote villages of Karnataka, India. Through direct conversations with scholars, NGOs, grass root activists and practicing Devadasis, the film makes a critical examination of the history and the myth, the complex socio-cultural and economic relationships of caste and social hierarchy that have created this tradition, which are culpable for the persistence of the practice of the tradition within poverty-stricken Dalit (untouchable) communities of northern Karnataka, India.

Treatment
Show treatment
Stage
finished
Running time
19 and 43 minutes

Credits

Production Details

Country
United States
Years of Production
2016
Locations
Karnataka, India

Distribution Details

Festivals
Wilmington Female Filmmakers Collective, Move_ME, Chicago South Asian Film Festival, CICFF, CineOdyssey, Joedance Film Festival, NC South Asian Film Festival, Virgin Spring Film Festival, Female Filmmakers
Awards
CICFF-monthly winner Gold award, Certificate of achievement
Language
Kannada, English
Subtitles
English

Photos

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