Set in India during the rise of Mahatma Gandhi, Water recounts the story of Chuyia (Kariyawasam), a child bride. When her husband dies suddenly, Chuyia is forced to live in an ashram for Hindu widows, essentially cut off from society.
Fortunately, she finds friends in the beautiful Kilyani (Ray) and in the forward-thinking Narayan (Abraham). With their help, Chuyia attempts to escape the confines of her existence. Boasting lush visuals, Water could easily be a bleak story of deprivation and loss, but in Mehta’s gentle hands, it becomes one charged with hope and optimism.
Water was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
David Hamilton, Mark Burton, Ajay Virmani, Doug Mankoff
Sarala Kariyawasam, Lisa Ray, John Abraham, Seema Biswas
English, Dubbed in French
Deepha Mehta lives in Ontario.