OFFICIAL SELECTION 2018
Taken for Granted – Half the Sky
HALF THE SKY – BRICS SHORTS 2 – 99min
DIRECTOR : Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari
WRITER : Sakshi Tiwari
SK Nouveau 5, 15 Oct @ 12.30pm | Nu Metro 4, 18 Oct @ 12pm
Amongst the clusters of houses in Old Delhi resides the amusing Batra family. Homemaker & Salon owner ‘Seema Batra’ manages the home and family (her husband, 2 children and in-laws) with utmost sincerity. Till one day Seema takes an ingenious decision after an incident at home where she feels taken for granted and needs a break from responsibilities of daily family routine. This
sudden pronouncement creates an upheaval within the family.
TAKEN FOR GRANTED by Ashwiny Iyer TIWARI, is rooted in the subculture of societal truth. It is a slice of life, emotional journey of a wife, mother and daughter in law, finding her true self in a world of ‘family and responsibility’.
Executively produced by JIA Zhang-Ke. Following the vast positive reception and critiques on the first BRICS co-production of “Where Has Time Gone,” the same team initiated a new project. Gathering five female directors from China, Russia, India, Brazil, and South Africa, each to make a short film on the subject of “Contemporary Female Sentiments and the Society” from feminine visual perspectives. The five independent shorts are then compiled into an analogy feature film called “Half the Sky.”
“Half the Sky” has become an important theoretical generalization and practice of feminism worldwide. Through their works and realizations, the five women directors comprehend, listen to and focus on feminine values.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Ashwiny Iyer TIWARI has won several awards like Cannes Lions since she started pursuing her passion in filmmaking in 2014.
She made her debut with highly acclaimed Nil Battey Sannata, awarded Filmfare Best Debut Director Award and Best Actor at the
Silk Road International Film Festival. In 2017, she made the romantic comedy Bareilly Ki Barfi which won her the Best Director award at Filmfare awards and Zee Cine Awards, India
She was selected as one of the most powerful women in 2016 in Femina. Ashwiny has now collaborated with Fox Star Studios to make a film on Kabaddi (an Indian dying sport).