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25 November 2008 10:04 AM, PST | Latemag.com/film | See recent LateFilmFull news »

Deepa Metha's Water is set against the backdrop of civil unrest in India during the 1930's. As Gandhi’s call for passive resistance against British colonial rule grows and the country begins to find itself in turmoil. Set in the city of Varanasi it looks at the life of Hindu widows sent away from their homes after their husband’s deaths. They must live a shadowy existence as "living corpses", because of an interpretation of Hindu text. It is believed by some that when a husband dies a widow who lives on is half dead herself, because her husband made up half of what she was when he was living. The film caused a great deal of controversy when it was filmed with religious hardliners who believed it to be critical of the Hindu faith rioting and sending death threats to the cast and crew. How ever Metha's film is »

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