Indian film exposes violence against tribal women
“Gangor” (also known as “Behind the Bodice”) may be a political film, but director Italo Spinelli manages to rein in the story and decidedly handsome cast from simple pamphleteering.
Shot on digital, the images are sometimes clean, sometimes crude, but the festival play is a given after the thundering audience reaction at the Rome International Film Festival.
He creates a moving if technically patchy personal account of the mass rape of India’s poor, tribal women whose voices are rarely, if ever, heard.
“Gangor” is based on the work of renowned Bengali writer and activist Mahasweta Devi, in particular her short story, “Behind the Bodice.” Spinelli smartly takes on a widespread problem through flawed characters that are not just victims or victimizers, without stooping to mystical or exotic visions of the Asian subcontinent.