Screened as part of NZIFF 2004

A Nation Without Women 2003


Directed by Manish Jha

France / India In Hindi with English subtitles
98 minutes 35mm

Director, Screenplay


Venu Gopal


Shrish Kunder
Ashmith Kunder


Salim Sulaiman


Tulip Joshi
Sudhir Pandey
Piyush Mishra
Pankaj Jha


Venice, Toronto 2003


Critics' Prize, Venice 2003


“In his debut feature Manish Jha presents a harrowing fairy tale of the future of rural India where, due to the prevalence of female infanticide, women are now almost eradicated. In this scary new world men play every role in society and have become unstable and debased of their humanity. A rich landlord has five sons but cannot find a wife for any of them. Finally a girl is discovered, her father sells her into marriage with all five sons reducing her to a sexual slave and menial domestic… Satirical in the extreme, this film highlights the abuse of women by men – of course, an issue not limited to India – and how ultimately this violence destroys the men who perpetrate it.” — Cary Rajinder Sawhney, London Film Festival

“One of the most startling debut features to emerge from India in recent memory… Jha’s debut conjures up memories of Shekhar Kapur’s groundbreaking Bandit Queen – and it is easily as intense.” — Steve Gravestock, Toronto International Film Festival