Water: Drenched in ‘Colonial Benevolence’

With Vancouver International Film Festival tickets in hand, the three of us waited in a ridiculously long queue to enter a film that was five years in the making: Deepa Mehta’s Water. The hype has been intense because filming was shut down in India, forcing the production team to relocate to Sri Lanka. No doubt, we thought, the lineup represented interest in the controversial stances Mehta has made in past films, and we were eager to watch her latest instalment in the element trilogy that included Fire (1996) and Earth (1998). Unfortunately, we were disappointed – and at times offended – with both the film and our theatre experience.

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