Our next film, on Tuesday 5 February at 19:45, is Water. The second in our CFS Extra series featuring the films of women directors, it was directed by Deepa Mehta, an Indo-Canadian screenwriter and producer, and released in 2005.
In Benares (Varanasi) in north-east India, a child bride, widowed at the age of eight, is forced to enter a kind of nunnery and stay there for the rest of her life. The circumstances of filming were tempestuous, with Hindu fundamentalists rioting and issuing death threats. It was eventually shot in Sri Lanka.
This screening is something of an event. We are showing the newly remastered version of the film, which is not available for general distribution in the UK.