Magazine article Screen International

'India's Daughter' Gets Oscar Push

Magazine article Screen International

'India's Daughter' Gets Oscar Push

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Mark Urman, the industry veteran who runs New York-based boutique distribution and marketing company Paladin, has worked on the team that spearheaded an Oscar-qualifying theatrical run for the film in Los Angeles and New York (starting earlier this month), also with select regional releases. PBS broadcast the film nationally in America last week.

"Even if it makes the shortlist it's such an acknowledgement that the film isn't what the [Indian] censor board says it is," Urman told Screen. "It could be very important for the message of the film."

The censors in India had said India's Daughter was, in Urman's words, "a hatchet job" that portrayed India in a negative light. It was banned from Indian release in March, partly over fears of social unrest if it was released because of the sensitive topic (the film examines the gang rape of a 23-year-old medical student and includes an interview with one of the rapists).

"In America, the film is seen as upsetting and eye-opening, but there is nothing to fight about. But there is quiet outrage that it can't be seen in India. …

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