November 02, 2015

'India's Daughter' Filmmaker Mobilises UK Protest Against Modi

Aditi Khanna | London | Nov 01, 2015

The filmmaker behind the controversial documentary India's Daughter has launched a public appeal to mobilise a protest during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the UK later this month.

Leslie Udwin wants to bring together "hundreds, if not thousands" outside Wembley Stadium in London during his mega Olympics-style address to the Indian Diaspora on November 13 to demand the ban on the film be lifted in India.

The 58-year-old British filmmaker, whose documentary about the gang-rape of a young woman in Delhi was banned in India, said in her message via email and social media: "We need to work toward the lifting of the ban on the film in India and we urgently need your help. This one is a really urgent one, and time is short to achieve it.

"Indian Prime Minister Modi comes to London on a state visit around 12th November, and on 13th November he is addressing a massive crowd at Wembley Stadium.

"I would love to see hundreds (if not thousands) of protesters, holding placards calling for him to lift the shameful ban on the film, and lift the shame off India.

"We have very little time to mobilise, but I have every confidence that together we can get enough crowds to make a splash."

Pointing to high-profile supporters of her cause such as Meryl Streep, Sean Penn, Susan Sarandon, Gloria Steinem, President Joyce Banda and Sir Ken Robinson, Udwin described the film as an important "journey towards gender equality".
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