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Our next Rialto Recommends is Deepa Mehta's 2006 film WATER. The year is 1938, and Mahatma Gandhi's groundbreaking philosophies are sweeping across India, but 8-year-old Chuyia, newly widowed, must go to live with other outcast widows on an ashram. Her presence transforms the ashram as she befriends two of her compatriots. This compassionate work of social criticism is also luminous, due to both its lyrical imagery and cast. The Philadelphia Inquirer raved "Profound, passionate and overflowing with incomparable beauty." The Village Voice exclaimed "This work of gorgeous fury, about the virtual imprisonment of millions of Hindu widows in the years before independence, transforms Mehta's feminist rage into an eloquent testament to the hunger for freedom." While the Houston Chronicle said "Below its surface, WATER isn't about religion, politics or even India. It's about timeless and universal divides between people, when humanity is eclipsed by self-serving subjugation." Profoundly moving WATER is well worth your time. WATER is available to rent for a modest fee from Redbox, AppleTV, Amazon, GooglePlay, YouTube, FandangoNow and Vudu HERE.

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Lisa Ray
Sarala Kariyawasam
Seema Biswas
John Abraham
Directed by
Deepa Mehta
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