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documentary is about Women in India, and sounds like a controversial film and
may even be banned in India by the fundamentalists.


It may
be worth exploring the human gene that makes one a fundamentalist. Until it is
proven, the “insecurity” and “impotency” in men particularly seems like the
driving factor for them to be a fundamentalists. No matter what religion,
culture, nationality or tradition one wears, the characteristics are familiar;
Oppression of women. 
oppression takes brutal form where women are taken to a stadium and shot in the
public, or doused in Kerosene and burnt alive by the in laws, or gang raped. In
the civil format, they are told that their place is home and obedience to men
(Rick Santorum, Pat Robertson) is obedience to God. All of them use God to hide
their insecurity.

You can also see similarities among the
fundamentalists whether they are in Afghanistan, Arabia, Bangladesh, Pakistan,
India or elsewhere. They become militants, train their men and women against an
imaginary enemy. You see that pattern all over.

What is the solution? It
takes education over a few generations, whether they are Muslim fundamentalist,
Hindu fundamentalists, Jewish fundamentalist, Christian or other
fundamentalists, they are insecure. As a civilized society, we need to
understand them and assure them that their way of life is not threatened for
them to take it out on others in general and women in particular.

When we
hear about the fundamentalist, we need to examine ourselves, if we have any
percentage of it in us, determined by our attitudes towards women, minorities or
others and weak segments of the society. Do we think less of other humans…?
are not Muslims, Christians or Hindus, they are the insecure among us, who are
constantly calling others as the threats – and readying to fight them and mess
up our own peace of mind and other’s. There is way out; a genuine dialogue with
oneself and particularly between the fundamentalists in the opposite

The producer of the movie made a significant point
about funding- I am making a documentary about building a cohesive America,
where no American has to live in fear of the other. Every American
representation will have a voice in it, it is working together as American….
funding is difficult.

Mike Ghouse is committed to building cohesive
societies and offers pluralistic solutions on issues of the day. www.MikeGhouse.net

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The World
Before Her wins at Hot Docs
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World Before Her
, the film by Nisha Pahuja that explores deep divisions in
Indian culture, has been named best Canadian feature at the Hot Docs Festival in

World Before Her
contrasts the wide-eyed ambitions of 20 hand-picked
contestants determined to win the title of Miss India with the behind-the-scenes
reality inside Hindu fundamentalist camps for young girls, run by the women’s
wing of a militant movement. It won the $10,000 top prize at Hot Docs

A jury
hailed the film as a “brave and provocative exploration of the roles of women at
its two extremes in contemporary Indian society.”

Toronto-based Pahuja won the top documentary film award
two weeks ago at the Tribeca Film Festival.

whose previous credits include TV doc Diamond Road, said it took two
years for her to gain access to the Hindu fundamentalist camp to make her film
and that she often had to renegotiate access with both the camp and the pageant
after organizers became nervous.
“To me
it reveals one of the key divisions in the country. India is at a kind of
precipice — it’s kind of deciding whether it’s going to become modern and
secular — it is secular but not quite — or whether it is going to back to
tradition and have religion play a key role in politics,” she told CBC News. “I
was looking at the way women were being used to create these two ideas of Indian

a feature that explores the high costs of energy development along
Canada’s pristine Peace River, won the $5,000 special jury

best international feature was Call Me Kuchu, a film by Malika
Zouhali-Worrall and Katherine Fairfax Wright that follows Ugandan gay rights
activist David Kato. Kato is battling an anti-homosexuality bill in his
homeland. The jury recognized Call Me Kuchu “for its wrenching yet
inspiring depiction of people trying to succeed as humans and as activists in
the face of hatred.”

prizes presented Friday:

  • Inspirit
    Foundation Pluralism Prize
    ($10,000): The Boxing Girls of
    , by Ariel J. Nasr, about young Afghan women training as
  • Special
    jury prize, international feature
    ($5,000): The Law in These
    , by Ra’Anan Alexandrowicz, about how the law is applied in the Gaza
  • HBO
    Emerging Artist Award:
    shared by two films; Tchoupitoulas by
    Bill and Turner Ross of the U.S., Meanwhile in Mamelodi by Boris Frank
    of Germany and South Africa.
  • Best
    mid-length doc
    ($3,000): My Thai Bride, by David Tucker of
  • Honourable
    : Nessa, by Loghman Khaledi of Iran.
  • Best
    short doc:
    Five Fragments of the Extinct Empathy, by Anna
    Nykyri of Finland.
  • Honourable
    : Family Nightmare, by Dustin Guy Defa, U.S.
  • Don
    Haig Award
    (for a unique voice): Mia Donovan, the Montreal director who
    created Inside Lara Roxx.

filmmaker Michel Brault, director of Les Ordres and cameraman for
Kamouraska and Mon Oncle Antoine, was honoured with the
outstanding achievement award.

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pluralistic solutions on issues of the day. He is a professional speaker,
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