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SUBJECTS — World/India; Religions/Hinduism; ELA:
character development, symbols, subplot, foils and irony;
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Human Rights; Suicide; Breaking Out;
MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Respect; Caring; Fairness.
Age: 13+; MPAA Rating: PG-13 for mature thematic material involving sexual situations, and for brief drug use; Drama; 2005; 117 minutes; In Hindi with English subtitles.
Writer/Director Deepa Mehta's Water is a touching love story set in India in 1938. It begins with Chuyia, an 8-year-old child bride being told that her husband has died. She is now a widow. In traditional Indian society widows were not allowed to work or to remarry. (Very few Indian widows remarry to this day.) With no son to take care of her, Chuyia is sent to a widows' ashram to live out a monastic life of constant prayer for her sins which, under Hindu tradition, contributed to the death of her husband. At the ashram, she meets a beautiful young widow, Kalyani. But all is not what it seems. Kalyani (like many young widows) has been forced into prostitution to help pay the bills of the ashram ... and then Kalyani meets Narayan, a handsome young follower of Gandhi, who taught that widows should be allowed to remarry.
Subjects that can be introduced with Water include: India in the 20th century; the plight of widows in underdeveloped countries, particularly in India and Africa; Mahatma Gandhi and his role in Indian and world history; how patriarchal traditions hijack and pervert religions; and what happens when one group of people in a culture are powerless. The movie is rich in symbolism and other literary devices.
Water, when properly introduced, opens new worlds to modern-day students and they love it. Several students in classes to whom we've shown this film told us that it was the best movie they've ever seen.
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Deepha Metha's Water is engages children because the heroines of the movies are an eight-year-old girl and a young woman. It shows the problems that widows in India faced in the 20th century and still face toay.
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To give you a sense of how our Learning Guides can be used by teachers to develop lesson plans, and by parents to supplement school curriculum or for homeschooling, we have set out below some of the discussion questions that you will find in the Learning Guide toDeepha Metha's Water.
Shakuntala asks, "What happens when our conscience conflicts with our faith?" What does her faith say? What does her conscience say? How does she answer that question? Then compare how Gandhi would react to this question.
This film describes a serious problem in traditional Indian society. Has the U.S. had any similar problems in the past? Have these problems been fully corrected?
The Learning Guide to the film Water contains sections on Benefits of the Movie, Possible Problems, Helpful Background, Discussion Questions, Links to the Internet, and Bridges to Reading. The Discussion Questions are divided into three categories: Subject Matter, Social-Emotional Learning, and Moral-Ethical Emphasis.
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