Anatomy of Violence (R21)*
Twelve actors collaborated with filmmaker deepa mehta to imagine what might have driven these men towards such a savage assault. the film also imagines the nature of a young woman's life, her family, her friends and her hopes and dreams before the fatal attack.
“WHAT MAKES MONSTERS?” is a question that this film stares directly at. it probes and explores where these young men could have come from and what might have motivated them. they have been called “monsters” but is this a simplistic labelling that relieves society and leaders from the responsibility of looking more deeply?
The film offers no clear answers but opens doors of inquiry which may stimulate further examination into the root causes and complexity of this particular and all too pervasive brutality against women.
Anatomy of Violence premiered at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival.
(* The movie is rated 21 years old and above. Please bring your photo ID to show proof of age when entering screening room.)
Deepa Mehta is an Oscar-nominated filmmaker whose work is celebrated on an international scale. Her emotionally resonating, award-winning films have played every major film festival, and been sold and distributed around the globe.
Her films include the Elemental Trilogy: Earth, Fire, Water, the final film of which received an Oscar nomination for best foreign language film, Bollywood/Hollywood, Heaven on Earth and the epic adaptation of Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie’s three-time Booker Prize winning novel.
Her work challenges traditions and stereotypes and is always daring, fearless and provocative. It’s this spirit that saturated her latest work, Anatomy of Violence.