News / Bengali
Times of India
Director Aneek Chaudhuri’s White, a silent film on rape, is set to open at Marche du film, Festival de Cannes - one of the largest film markets in the world. The film will be screened on May 11 at 6 pm. The film conjoins three tales based on a similar theme even though each protagonist has her own life and a way of leading it. The first tale is of a factory girl getting raped inside the work premises and her story of survival. The second tale is of a single mother and her inability to face her own child after the heinous crime on her. The third and the last tale is of a raped married woman and how her husband reacts to it.
“The concept of White came into my mind while I was at Cannes last year and was exposed to a report showing statistics of sexual assaults on women throughout the globe. That was the time when I actually believed that rape is not an issue confining itself to India; women are being treated the same way even in other countries (as per the statistics). We end up talking about the rapists, the victims but hardly anyome speaks about the struggle that the victims suffer from. Hence, I tried to be responsible and show an unspoken side of such assaults. Luckily, I possessed one of the most powerful weapons i.e. the camera,” said Aneek, adding, “India is a country which has one of the highest sexual assault cases most of which go unreported due to shame or due to fear of losing prestige in society; however, this film is about the fight that comes afterwards. Three women leading their lives differently all of a sudden face a heinous truth and try to come out of it in their own unique way. White is not about a demise, it's about the birth of a voice.”