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How A Documentary Triggered a National Movement Against Rape in India – Vibha Bakshi

Vibha is an award-winning film director and producer. Her latest film “Daughters of Mother India” is the winner of the National Film Award for Best Film on Social Issues.

A small, personal decision can sometimes change the world. When 23-year old Nibhaya was gang-raped on a moving bus in Delhi, film-maker Vibha decided to make a documentary about rape in India. Nothing had prepared her for the heart-wrenching stories she was about to hear or the everyday heroes she was about to meet. And then the film took on a life of its own, growing into a national movement and cultural beacon that has united millions of people from all corners of India. The people’s message was clear: it is time to break the silence and shift the shame from the victim to the perpetrator.

Bosslady Vibha is an award-winning film director & producer. A former business reporter for CNBC, Vibha studied Journalism and Broadcasting at Boston University and New York University. Vibha’s films have been aired on HBO and Lifetime TV in the United States. Her latest film “Daughters of Mother India” is the winner of the National Film Award for Best Film on Social Issues, awarded by President of India. This is the highest honour in Indian Films. The film has also been named the Most Awarded Social Campaign in the World.

This episode is about one woman who acted on her passion and used her platform to combat a rampant social problem. We discussed the value of changing just one person at a time and its multiplier effect. We talked about society’s view on rape and how it is evolving. We discussed the hugely important role that the Delhi police force played in the making of the film – and its dissemination afterwards. We discussed how “Daughters of Mother India” turned into a national movement… and what happens next.