Dating violence is a taboo topic regardless of the community one comes from. The immense shame a victim feels becomes heightened when you mix in honour and culture. Although there have been numerous studies, films, media coverage exploring violence against women in marriages, dating violence has unfortunately been left out of the conversation due to the fact that dating before marriage is forbidden and prohibited.
Hiding dating activities results in a complicated situation for South Asian girls. They are forced to lie to their parents, and when exposed to harmful situations they are unable to seek support or help. These relationships add an additional layer of complication when blackmailing of the victim occurs by threatening to reveal the truth about these relationships to her parents and the larger community.
Ananke is a short film directed by Kiran Rai that explores this complicated topic. The lead character revisits the same abusive situation in the hopes that she might be able to change it only to discover that she can not change another.
Producer: Ms.Mutta Inc. // KayRay Co.
Cinematographer: Rolla Tahir
Starring: Kiran Rai and Seth Mohan
Music: Keerat Kaur
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