Something Like a War
Directed by Deepa Dhanraj • 1991 • India
SOMETHING LIKE A WAR is a chilling examination of India’s family-planning program from the point of view of the women who are its primary targets. It traces the history of the family-planning program and exposes the cynicism, corruption, and brutality of its implementation. As the women themselves discuss their status, sexuality, fertility control, and health, it is clear that their perceptions are in conflict with those of the program.
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