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Director: Sarita Khurana, Smriti Mundhra
Year: 2017
Duration: 90′
Language: Original Version / Spanish subtitles
Genre: Drama


A Suitable Girl follows three young women in India struggling to maintain their identities and follow their dreams amid intense pressure to get married. Ritu, Dipti and Amrita represent the new India. Educated, financially stable and raised with a mix of traditional and contemporary values in the urban cities of Mumbai and New Delhi, they have access to the world in ways their mothers did not. Yet their lives take a dramatic turn when the pressure to settle down and get married hits. Career aspirations become secondary to the pursuit of a husband, and the women struggle with the prospect of leaving their homes and families to become part of another. Documenting the arranged marriage and matchmaking process in vérité over four years, the film examines the women’s complex relationships with the institution of marriage and the many nuanced ways society molds them into traditional roles and makes it nearly impossible to escape.

Director’s Biography

Sarita Khurana, Director, Producer, and Educator based in Brooklyn, New York. Her feature-film documentary debut, A Suitable Girl, is an official selection of the 2017 TriBeCa Film Festival. Khurana’s critically acclaimed work in narrative, documentary and experimental film has been screened and exhibited internationally. Her work often focuses on South Asian stories, and explores female subjectivities. Migration, memory, marginality, community, territory, and sexuality are common themes in her work.

Smriti Mundhra, has been working in the film and television industry for over ten years. With partner Ben Rekhi, she produced Bomb the System, a 2004 Independent Spirit Award nominee for Best First Feature, and the award-winning feature film Waterborne. She also co-produced Punching at the Sun, an official selection of the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, as well as over one dozen award-winning short films, including the 2010 Sundance Film Festival official selection and Women In Film award-winner New Media.

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