‘Good Girls Don’t Dance’ to be screened on Sunday

Post-Delhi gang rape, there have been many attempts at various levels, to understand the phenomenon of sexual violence on women, and the norm the traditional Indian society has set on Indian women. Many outspoken traditionalists have openly declared that women need to cover themselves, should not go out after evening, should be a ‘good girl’ and obey other moral bindings.

Padmalatha Ravi, a Bangalore-based journalist, formerly associated with Citizen Matters as Associate Editor, has made an attempt to explore the mindset of society. The result is the documentary – Good Girls Don’t Dance.

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The 15-minute documentary, the name suggests, explores how does an individual define the terms, ‘good girl’ and ‘bad girl’. It extends into the line of questioning the blame that is attributed to a rape victim. The film has interviews of 45 people from the city of Bangalore, spanning all age groups, who come from different social and economic backgrounds. “This film is a people’s film” says Padmalatha Ravi, in gratitude to all her friends and acquaintances who have assisted her in the making of the film. The music of the film is composed by Umesh PN. The film is choreographed by Shabari Rao. Cinematography and illustrations are done by Sajana J.

Padmalatha Ravi is drawn to issues related to gender, education and environment. Good Girls Don’t Dance is her first independent documentary.

The film will be premiered at Jaaga Creative Common Ground, 68, KH road, Bangalore, on 12 May 2013, at 3:30 pm. Find out more about the documentary from the facebook page. The screening is a non-ticketing event, following which there will be an interaction session with director.