Date: 8th February 2018
Time: 1900 – 2100
Venue: B202, Brunei Gallery, SOAS.
Trigger warning: This film contains scenes of sexual assault, violence, and rape.
Deepthi Tadanki, a young filmmaker is looking to highlight the issue of corrective rape with a hard hitting film on rape being employed to cure lesbians. Satyavati, the film, aspires to let the audience understand that being a lesbian is not a disease that needs to be cured and is as natural as heterosexuality. Through the film, Deepthi wishes to highlight the issue of corrective rape and have the audience understand the nuances of love and the consequences of using rape as a tool to make a person conform to societal standards. She wishes to emphasize that rape is not always used by jilted individuals seeking revenge, but also employed by parents themselves as a tactic to bring their own children to toe the family line.
The 90 minute feature film tells the story of three young girls living together, of whom two are in a relationship with each other. The parents of the third girl suspect their daughter to be lesbian as well and decide to teach the girls a lesson by having the girls’ uncle and friends rape them so that they can realize their mistakes and reform. The film examines the devastating consequences of this action and how the characters come to terms with life post the trauma. The film comes with a disclaimer of violence and rape