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Published on Jan 6, 2015
Breaking the Barriers (1999) is about domestic violence, which is one of the gravest and the most pervasive of human right violations. Yet, there is very little by way of response from the community or the state. For this crime is looked upon as a personal matter, not withstanding the fact that for large number of women this personal matter translates into a life along “adjustment” with torture, both mental and physical. For many, this adjustments end only with the loss of their lives. There have been attempts to mainstream the issue of domestic violence both by the State and the civil society. This film looks at some of these initiatives of the community and the State aimed at breaking the barriers that divide lives into personal and public.
Directed by: Sushma Narain
Produced by: School of Media and Cultural Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.