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Till Death Do Us Part

Every third woman in India suffers sexual, and physical violence at home, and yet the culture of silence around domestic violence is something that keeps on increasing.

The state of Andhra Pradesh, which ranks 6th in the country for violence on women, sees two housewives committing suicide every month. Given the sheer population of the country that amounts to a lot of women’s death annually.

‘Till Death Do us part’ is an honest attempt to shed light on these increasing number of women dying for love. The film begins with establishing the Indian woman’s perception about their husbands and marriage, and the deadly price they pay for treating marriage as the only reason for their existence.

It also looks at the different challenges faced by three survivors, Ramya, Rajeshwari, and Advocate Sujata, who dared to leave their marriages.

Pain is the central element which bonds these women together, and it is that very pain that has compelled women like Dr. Keerthi, to take it upon herself, and ascertain that no other woman should ever go through such horrifying violence.

Dr. Keerthi. Bollenini, a survivor of domestic violence herself, and also a changemaker, has today dedicated her entire life to ensuring the safety, and rehabilitation of women and children facing domestic violence, through her Non-Profit, Vasavya Mahila Mandali.

The film then goes on to explore several factors contributing to the mindset that perpetuates violence like Patriarchy, Lack of Parental Support, Financial Dependency, Ostracism, Loopholes of the justice system, and Police support.

However, unlike other films of domestic violence, this film dares to probe the cycle of violence, which is most likely responsible for the never ending brutal crimes on women, and children, and does so in an interesting way with the help of hard hitting facts from experts, along with some gut wrenching stories of children, and older people who have suffered in the safe confines of home.

It is through these brave survivors who have shunned the stigma of society, and decided to turn the tide for themselves , that we see hope springing in the darkest corners of their lives, and that of other survivors of domestic violence.

  • Insia Dariwala
    Director
  • Insia Dariwala
    Writer
  • VASAVYA MAHILA MANDALI
    Producer
  • Dipak Nayak
    Director of Photography
  • Pushpendra Surywanshi
    Colorist
  • Dinesh Yadav
    Sound Recordist
  • Mukesh Yadav
    Sound Recordist
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Genres:
    Social
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 33 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 24, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    36,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    India
  • Country of Filming:
    India
  • Language:
    English, Telugu
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Insia Dariwala

Insia Dariwala, is an award-winning international filmmaker, and a TEDX Speaker, who effectively uses her creativity to spotlight difficult topics of society in her films, and other visual communications.

Through her NGOs Sahiyo, and The Hands of Hope Foundation, she has managed to creatively address issues like Female Genital Mutilation-FGM, and Child Sexual Abuse.

She has also successfully executed several community projects engaging the medium of storytelling, and visual arts, in an attempt to mainstream such issues.

Her continuous creative efforts last year resulted in getting the Union Cabinet Minister, Maneka Gandhi to sanction her first ever study on Male Child Sexual Abuse in India, and investigate co-relations between unresolved abuse in boys, and the growing rape/violence
culture in India.

Insia also became instrumental in amending compensation laws for boys under the children's act in India. Currently she is the Project lead in India for Hollywood Health & Society, California, and has successfully executed a nationwide campaign on creating Cancer awareness in India through a PSA film called Say No To Pain, which was aired in theaters, social media and national television.
The has been viewed by 1 billion people in just 6 months .
Insia was also roped in as a Creative Campaign strategist for Global Health Strategies, a New York based organisation, who ran a campaign on unsafe abortion- My Body My Choice,
released in 2019 .

Her recent awards include the Shoorveer Award, the prestigious Women have Wings courage award, U.S.A, and the We the Women award, in India, hosted by U.N Women. On Women’s day in 2018, she featured as one of the 100 most inspiring women of
India, in a book called ‘The Phenomenal She’, and has been featured by BBC World on their series , My Indian Life, with Bollywood actress Kalki Koechlin. Besides her creative endeavors, Insia is also known for her ability to connect with large audiences, and her talks are featured at many conferences in India, and internationally.

Insia’s debut feature documentary ,‘Till Death Do Us Apart’, which explores the context of domestic violence beyond a couple, and touches upon the very crucial role of the cycle of violence in our society, is currently doing the festival rounds.

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Director Statement

I grew up in a small village of India, and was just 11 years old when I saw a man beating up his wife on the streets with a hundred people watching them. I also saw this happen to my mother at times. The only difference was , my mother had the courage to leave. But my mind still wanders to that woman who didn’t.

This film is my way of honoring the women who did have the courage to break the shackles of mindsets, cultural norms, and escape their abusive marriages in order to save their lives, and that of their children.

It is also a window to a patriarchal society where most women would choose death over divorce, for fear of being ostracized, and shunned by the society they live in.

The film was shot in India’s Andhra Pradesh state, which stands 6th in the country for domestic violence. The main protagonist of the film Dr. Keerthi Bollineni, runs a non-profit to empower victims of violence, and is a survivor herself.

While shooting the film, the crew and I experienced many moments of emotional breakdowns, and numbness on seeing the extent of brutality, which women and children in this story have gone through. Some of it was shocking enough for us to question the world we live in.

There is a deafening culture of silence, and trivializing of violence, practiced over generations and generations in this country. The film aims to question this silence, and those norms, which have failed to recognize that domestic violence is cyclical in nature, claiming a collateral damage through children and older people living in this hostile environment.

This debut feature of mine has been a cathartic journey for me, and I often found myself oscillating between emotionality, and objectivity while shooting this film. There was a constant struggle between retaining objectivity but also honoring the survivor in me, and am hoping it will impact the audiences the way it has impacted me.