In the time of #MeToo and the growing global women's rights movement, comes the story of GEETA, who from humble beginnings in the urban slums of Agra, India, has more reason than most to fight for change! After her husband tried to kill Geeta and her three daughters because she didn't give birth to any sons, Geeta's fight against gendered-violence has catapulted her onto the national stage in India, and made her one of Asia's leading anti-acid activists. But the story of Geeta is more than a portrait of a growing movement in India, it is also a portrait of a woman and her family as they too have to confront what it really means to create change. Just like the global sensation of Malala in 2015, Geeta offers true insight into what it really takes to create grassroots change.
A short summary of the issue the documentary is addressing
Today, 1 in 3 women and girls will experience violence in their lifetime and 2 million girls and women in India will vanish every year as a direct result of gender-based violence.
GEETA is a feature length documentary about one woman’s journey to transform the lives of her three daughters after a terrifying and brutal acid attack. Starting with Geeta’s inspirational journey as the co-founder of revolutionary activist movement SHEROES, and her fight for law reform and justice for other survivors, we soon learn that GEETA is much more than a documentary about the rise of a global women's rights movement. GEETA is also about a revolution within one family, Geeta’s family, grassroots change and the power of one woman’s love to bring lasting and transformative change to her three surviving daughters.
One significant point of difference for our film is the incredible access we have to Geeta’s family, which includes her husband, Indarjeet; the perpetrator of the acid attack.
What is the impact vision statement of the documentary?
This is a production with strong partnerships already in place for social impact, including with The Oorja Foundation (AUS), multiple community groups (AUS), family violence service providers (AUS) as well as The Her Fund (HK), True Honour Foundation (UK), Stop Acid Attacks (India) internationally. Like the Malala Yousafzai story, GEETA has great potential to capture Australian and International audiences and be a powerful tool for positive change.
What outcomes does the project hope to achieve from making this documentary?
Give visibility to the impact of gender-based violence in our communities.
Inspire conversations about behaviours that lead to violence.
Inspire lawmakers and politicians to change laws. For example, how the Australian family law system fails victims of family violence in CALD communities, or how changing property laws in India could reduce gender bias at birth.
Use our film to support grassroots campaigns that save lives.
Increase participant from the international community in Geeta and Neetu’s homegrown activism.
How will this documentary achieve its outcomes?
Create an educational resource to be used during community and school screenings of the film, both in Australia and internationally.
A nation-wide tour of the film across Australia and India, into rural and remote communities.
Screenings into remote, rural communities across India.
How will partnerships with this project help inform the project development?
Stop Acid Attacks (India)
My Choices (India)
The Her Fund (HK)
Oorja Foundation (Aus)
Audience Engagement and Social Impact
What actions does this project hope for its viewers after seeing this film?
Join Neetu and Geeta's global campaign #IStandWithHer (launching with the film) and understand how to champion change, and the complexity and prevalence of family violence.
Actively engage in other grassroots and political campaigns to create change
Measurement and Evaluation
What is the projects indicators for success?
Our indicators of success include;
- The number of people who see the film
- Screenings of Geeta into 598 schools across India (and ideally more) with associated education packs that highlight the benefits of respectful relationships, the real cost of gender-bias and tools for young people to champion change.