Filmmaker Nisha Pahuja in conversation with Sara Dosa after the film!
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In a small Indian village, Ranjit wakes up to find that his 13-year-old daughter has not returned from a family wedding. A few hours later, she’s found stumbling home. After being abducted into the woods, she was sexually assaulted by three men. Ranjit goes to the police, and the men are arrested. But Ranjit’s relief is short-lived, as the villagers and their leaders launch a sustained campaign to force the family to drop the charges.
A cinematic documentary, To Kill a Tiger follows Ranjit’s uphill battle to find justice for his child. In India, where a rape is reported every 20 minutes and conviction rates are less than 30 percent, Ranjit’s decision to support his daughter is virtually unheard of. With tremendous access, we witness the emotional journey of an ordinary man facing extraordinary circumstances. A father whose love for his daughter forces a social reckoning that will reverberate for years to come.
“Wrenching, powerful, timely, and insightful… one of the best investigations into the nature of toxic masculinity and rape culture in modern Indian society. Sharp editing and highly intuitive and detailed cinematography help to make TO KILL A TIGER into one of those documentaries that approaches the emotional heights of grand, unforced human drama.” – Andrew Parker, The Gate