India’s Daughter
November 16, 10 pm

India's Daughter

  • BY Leslee Udwin | IN Women & Girls
    Premiered November 16, 2015

About the Film

India's Daughter is the story of the brutal gang rape and murder in Delhi of 23-year-old medical student Jyoti Singh, which sparked protests and serious debate about gender inequality across India. MORE

From the earliest age, Jyoti wanted to become a doctor, but her father had no hope of affording her education. She persuaded him to put what little money he had managed to save for her marriage to cover the cost of admission to medical school. To support herself, Jyoti worked night shifts at a call center, sleeping just three hours a night over the course of four years.

On an early December evening in 2012, Jyoti joined a male friend for an evening out at the movies. After the show, they caught a bus to make the trip home. On board, six men beat Jyoti’s friend and, for almost an hour as the bus circled the Delhi streets, raped and tortured Jyoti mercilessly, then dumped her on the roadside. Jyoti clung to life for two weeks, but succumbed to her extensive injuries after seven surgeries.

The details of Jyoti’s horrific rape and murder captured India’s attention, and demonstrations erupted throughout the country as women and men alike took to the streets in outrage. Through interviews with Jyoti’s family and friends, victims’ rights advocates, as well as from the assailants, their lawyers, and their families, India’s Daughter paints a complicated picture of a country struggling to embrace modernity while wrestling with the rampant effects of extreme poverty and patriarchal attitudes towards women.

The Filmmaker

Born in Israel, Leslee Udwin (Director/Producer) began her career as a stage actress in England. She started making films in 1986; her many credits include Sitting Targets, based on her own experience with one of Britain’s most notorious criminal landlords, in which she co-starred with Jonathan Hyde and Phyllis Logan; the award-winning docudrama Who Bombed Birmingham?, starring John Hurt, about two 1974 bomb attacks in Birmingham that left 21 dead and six innocent men wrongly convicted and which led to their release after 17 years of imprisonment; the BAFTA Award-winning comedy-drama East Is East; the romantic comedy The One and Only; the satiric comedy Mrs. Ratcliffe’s Revolution; and West Is West, the sequel to East Is East. She is the founder of the production company Assassin Films. In 2000, Udwin was awarded the London Critic’s Circle Producer of the Year Award, was named No 2 Most Impactful Woman of 2015 by The New York Times (2nd to Hillary Clinton), and she recently received the Anna Lindh Human Rights Prize (which was won by Madeleine Albright in 2013). She also regularly lectures on the power of film to educate and open hearts and minds. Leslee is now working as an activist on the solution to the global problem India's Daughter identifies. She is advising the UN Human Rights Office on a global human rights education initiative which will bring "education of the heart and not just of the head" to world schools on a compulsory basis and from the first day of entry of a child into school. LESS

Film Credits

A Film by
Leslee Udwin

Produced by
Leslee Udwin

Anuradha Singh

Executive Producers
Nick Fraser
Kate Townsend
Mette Hoffman Meyer
Mette Heide


Associate Producers
Riddhi Jha
Kim Romer

Line Producer
Vineet Batura

Production Services India
Showman Media Ventures

Original Music by
Krsna Solo

Story Editor
Rob Ritchie

Sound Designer
Resul Pookutty CAS MPSE

Post-Production Supervisor
Verity Wislocki

Consulting Psychologist
Madhumita Pandey

Additional Editing
Vivek Pratap
Anders Refn
Shweta Venkat Mathew

Abhey Anand
Harmeet Basur
Anuradha Singh
Jehangir Choudhary
Faroukh Mistry
Sandeep Verma Kumar
Tushar Prakash
Rajesh Kumar

Location Sound
Simon Willis
Dhiman Kamarkar
Asheesh Pandya
Ravi Sharma

Producer’s Assistants
Amulya Malladi
Sharon Barir Jensen

Production Team
Aakanksha Agarwal
Sandra Preciados Sola
Neha Dhawan
Prerna Chatwal

Assistant Editors
Zameer Khan
Singhal Louis
Sachin Shrivastav
Manik Dawar

Locations Assistants
Imran Haider
Rajat Jain
Aaron Arjun Koul

Camera Assistants
Rajiv Singh
Narender Kumar
Mintu Kumar

Arranger and Producer
Pritesh Mehta

Keyboards Producer
Aditya Dev

Female Vocals
Payal Dev

Kiran Vinkar
Sarangi Sangeet Mishra

Camera Equipment
Riverbank Studio
Accord Equipments
Flamingo Films

Canaries Post Sound

Re-Recording Sound Mixers
Resul Pookutty CAS MPSE
Sinoy Joseph

Additional Re-Recording Mixer
Nicholas Ashe

Dialogue Editor
Sampat Alwar

Effects Editor

Mamata Kathuri
Rohan Yadav
Amulya Malladi
Sandeep Garcha

Subtitles by
BTI Studios

Voice-Over Artists
Anjali Patil
Naghma Sahar
Anjilee Istwal
Amitabh P Revi

Post-Production Consultant
Neil B Sadwelkar

Offline Edit
Post BlackBox Services

Title Designer
Manish Joshi

Graphic Design Studio
Box & Titles

Picture Post-Production

Jateen Patel

Online Editor
Nick Anderson

Post-Production Manager
Sean McMorris

Sales Executive
Tom Rogers

Legal Services
Nigel Abbas
Akshoy Rekhi
Radhika Singh
Abhishek Tewari
Salma Sacranie

Archival Material
Asian New International
ITN Source
Wilderness Films India Ltd

Still Photography Courtesy of
Syed Ahsan Ishtiaque

Special Thanks
Marc Allen
Dr. B D Athani
Karin Forseke
Sanjeev Gupta
Dr. Sunil Jain
Ajay Kumar
Aparna Malladi
Vimla Mehra
Henrietta Nielsen
Mike Pandey
Vijay Pereira
Satendra Prasad
Narayan Rao and Vandana Puri
Maya Romer
Emil Romer
Prannoy and Radhika Roy
Badri Singh
Asha Singh
Gaurav Singh
Moon Moon Singh
Halla Tomasdottir
Doel Trivedy
Dr. Pradeep Verma
Jasjeet Walia

Shot on location in Delhi, India

Film Financier
DR Sales

Executive Producer CBC News Network
Catherine Olsen

Commissioning Editor for SVT
Alex Arnö

Commissioning Editor for IKON
Margje de Koning

Commissioning Editor for RTS
Gaspard Lamuniere

Commissioning Editor for SRF
Michèle Sauvain

Commissioning Editors for RAI
Fabio Mancini and Annamaria Catricalà

Funding Provided by

India’s Daughter is a production of Assassin Films, BBC Storyville, UK-INDIA, and Tathagat Films in association with DR, Plus Pictures Aps, CBC News Network, SVT, IKON, RTS, SRF, and RAI.

This program was produced by Assassin Films Ltd which is solely responsible for its content.

© Assassin Films Ltd MMXIII. All rights reserved.

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  • Peabody Award
  • Asian Media Award
    Best Investigation
  • San Diego Film Festival
    Best Documentary
  • Stuttgart Indian Film Festival
    Audience Award
  • Biografilm Festival
    Audience Award
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