English (subtitled), 39 min, 2007
This film is about aspirations and freedom. It presents the life and work of Rehana Adib who works with women from marginalised communities in Muzzafarnagar, Uttar Pradesh, India. This geographical area has the highest crime rate in the country of which the crimes against women are nearly 70%. Through an intimate foray into her life and work – as a woman from a minority community, a mother of six, a challenger of traditions, a crusader for social change – the film tries to understand the genesis of the emergence of a leader. The film is a saga of overcoming many barriers – social, cultural, political, of celebrating resistance and a willingness to change, of many struggles and a few victories too; a story of compassion and collective action for change.
Rehana: A Quest for Freedom was screened at the Festival International Media Nord Sud, Geneva, 2007 | Signs 2007, Kerala, 2007 | MIFF 2008.
Producer: Public Service Broadcasting Trust (PSBT) / Director: Gargi Sen, Priyanka Mukherjee / Research and Script: Priyanka Mukherjee, Camera and Editing: Ranjan De, Post Production Sound: Asheesh Pandya, Music: Arjun Sen