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Anatomy of Violence

Directed by Deepa Mehta

November 4 / Canada, India / 2016 / Crime, Drama / 93 mins / English, Hindi with English subtitles / Colour

Preceded By:
VAFF Industry Insight (VAFF I²) Panel Series – 2

Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas
November 4, 2017 2:00 pm Box Office Only


Anatomy of Violence mixes fiction and fact in an improvised exploration of the events leading up to, and following, the notorious gang rape of a young woman by six men in a moving bus in New Delhi, December 16, 2012. Twelve actors collaborated with filmmaker Deepa Mehta to imagine what might have driven these men to such a savage assault. The film also imagines the nature of a young woman’s life, her family, her friends, and her hopes and dreams before the fatal attack. “What makes monsters?” is a question this film probes and explores: Where these young men could have come from and what might have motivated them. They have been called “monsters” but is this a simplistic labelling that relieves society and leaders from the responsibility of looking more deeply? The film offers no clear answers, but opens doors of inquiry into the root causes and complexity of this particular, pervasive brutality against women.

Previous Screening / Awards:

Toronto International Film Festival 2016, Nominated, Best Canadian Feature Film; Valladolid International Film Festival 2016, Nominated, Golden Spike    Best Film; Whistler Film Festival 2016; International Film Festival of Kerala 2016; India Film Festival of Alberta 2017; Human Rights Film Festival San Sebastian 2017; Indian Film Festival of Melbourne 2017; London Asian Film Festival 2017; Washington DC South Asian Film Festival 2017; Mumbai Film Festival 2017; Quinte Canadian Film Fest 2017; New York Indian Film Festival 2017

Director's Bio

Deepa Mehta is an Oscar-nominated filmmaker whose work is celebrated on an international scale. Her emotionally resonating, award-winning films have played every major film festival, and been sold and distributed around the globe. She is best known for her elemental trilogy: Earth, Fire, Water, the final film of which received an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. Other films include, Bollywood/Hollywood, Heaven On Earth, and the epic adaptation of Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie’s three-time Booker Prize winning novel. Her work challenges traditions and stereotypes and is always daring, fearless, and provocative. It’s this spirit that saturated her last film, Beeba Boys, and now her latest work, Anatomy of Violence.


Director: Deepa Mehta
Producer: David C. Hamilton

Preceded By

  1. VAFF Industry Insight (VAFF I²) Panel Series – 2

    November 4 / 120 mins
    PANEL 2: Sparking Celluloid: Filmmaking for Social Change

    Precedes: Anatomy of Violence