This documentary film explores Indian family planning programs from a feminist viewpoint. It considers the family planning program as a process inscribed and embodied on women’s bodies and traces its history. A national development-oriented policy names and mobilizes women. Something Like a War exposes institutional corruption in the program’s implementation and the violation of and brutality toward women’s bodies.
As Indian women of different generations meet together and share their own opinions on their status, sexuality, fertility control, health and ideas about the preference for a son over a daughter, it is clear that their perceptions are in conflict with those of the program. In Something like a War, women’s bodies become a kind of text or space where women’s issues, such as international development, national power, the right of reproduction, health and sexuality, compete with one another like a war and speculation on them is accomplished at the same time. (Kwon Eun-sun)
Deepa DhanrajDeepa Dhanraj
Deepa Dhanraj graduated in English Literature from the University of Madras. She has directed shorts and documentaries on subject of women in India since 1981. She has joined video workshops and discussions on the situation of women. Sudesha (1983), The Legacy of Malthus (1994).