{"id":44945408027,"title":"A Suitable Girl","handle":"a-suitable-girl","description":"\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #ff0000;\"\u003e\u003cb style=\"color: #ff0000;\"\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.collectiveeye.org\/pages\/host-a-screening\" target=\"_blank\" title=\"Community Screenings Form\" style=\"color: #ff0000;\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0133\/2562\/files\/Screening_large.png?13468160472198309702\" alt=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.collectiveeye.org\/pages\/host-a-screening\" target=\"_blank\" title=\"Community Screenings Form\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #444444;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eDirected by:\u003c\/strong\u003e Sarita Khurana \u0026amp; Smriti Mundhra\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #444444;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eReleased:\u003c\/strong\u003e 2018 (educational)\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #444444;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eRunning Time:\u003c\/strong\u003e 94 min.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #444444;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eFormat:\u003c\/strong\u003e NTSC\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #444444;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eLanguage: \u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003eEnglish, Closed Captioned\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #444444;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eSubjects: \u003c\/strong\u003eFeminism, Asian Studies, Women's Studies, Anthropology, Sociology, Modern Indian Studies\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #444444;\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #444444;\"\u003e\"Stirring, and heartbreaking in its examination of ingrained sociocultural sexism, and the toll it takes on entire families.\" \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #444444;\"\u003e\u003cem\u003e– Variety\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cem\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ciframe width=\"550\" height=\"315\" src=\"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/3Gb9fPBZxs8\" frameborder=\"0\" allow=\"autoplay; encrypted-media\" allowfullscreen=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eA Suitable Girl\u003c\/strong\u003e follows three young women in India struggling to maintain their identities and follow their dream\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003es amid intense pressure to get married. Ritu, Dipti \u003c\/span\u003eand\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e Amrita represent the new India. Educated, financially stable and raised with a mix of traditional and contemporary values in the urban c\u003c\/span\u003eities 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.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eDocumenting the arranged marriage and matchmaking process in vérité over four years, the film examines the women’s complex relationships with the institution of marriage, the many nuanced ways society molds them into traditional roles, and a rarely-seen portrait of India’s urban middle class.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eOriginal Score by Gingger Shankar\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eAwards \u0026amp; Notable Events:\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eTribeca Film Festival - Winner \"Albert Maysles Best New Documentary Director Award\"\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eAFI Docs - Official Selection \u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eMumbai Film Festival - Official Selection\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eSheffield Doc\/Fest - Official Selection\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"review-issue-info\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eRecommended by Video Librarian\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"review-issue-info\"\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"review-issue-info\"\u003e\"The mechanics of arranged marriages in India are explored by filmmakers Sarita Khurana and Smriti Mundhra in this documentary that focuses on three single women facing societal pressure to wed. Ritu is sophisticated and well-educated, with a successful career in Mumbai, but she agrees to marry under pressure from her mother Seema. Amrita enjoys a freewheeling lifestyle in Delhi but consents to wed—in spite of the fact that the match will force her to move to a remote area—because her intended will allow her to continue to work outside the home. Thirty-year-old Dipti, on the other hand, is desperate to find a husband, working with her parents to locate a plausible candidate through all available means—scouring newspaper advertisements and attending events where men present themselves for interviews. After numerous failed attempts leave her in a state of virtual depression, she does succeed.\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cem\u003eA Suitable Girl\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/em\u003edetails the peculiarities involved in selecting a mate—including the comparison of horoscopes to assess compatibility—and emphasizes the fact that financial considerations factor heavily in negotiations (all three women come from reasonably well-to-do families). But the overall emphasis here is on the human costs that traditional marriages continue to have on Indian women, since most will assume a subservient place in the husband’s family, losing whatever freedom they had previously enjoyed. So despite the festive appearance of the wedding scenes at the close, all carry a somber undertone. An insightful portrait of a persistent custom in Indian culture, this is recommended.\" \u003cem\u003e- Aud: C, P. (F. Swietek) for Video Librarian\u003c\/em\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"review-body\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eWhat the Press is saying:\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003e“A Suitable Girl is an overwhelming testament to the power of patriarchy and the continued struggle of women to gain agency over their lives.” \u003cem\u003e– Shubhodeep Pal, \u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.thehindu.com\/entertainment\/movies\/a-suitable-connection\/article17892957.ece\"\u003eThe Hindu\u003c\/a\u003e \u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e“Oscar-worthy. It’s impossible to not be moved by ‘A Suitable Girl.’”\u003cem\u003e — Clay Cane, \u003c\/em\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.bet.com\/celebrities\/news\/2017\/04\/24\/_a-suitable-girl-review.html\"\u003e\u003cem\u003eBET.com\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cem\u003e\u003cbr\u003e \u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\"A Suitable Girl depicts the diverse forms arranged marriages take, breaking down stereotypes and creating an intricate portrait of an ever-evolving practice in one of the most populous countries in the world.\"\u003cem\u003e — Prachi Gupta, \u003ca href=\"http:\/\/jezebel.com\/becoming-an-unsuitable-girl-1794923371\"\u003eJezebel\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\n\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\u003cem\u003e“Opening a window onto a cultural custom many Westerners find baffling, the Indian-American filmmakers Sarita Khurana and Smriti Mundhra stirringly chronicle this often heart-rending, occasionally humorous rite of passage without judgment.\"  - Kathryn Shattuck, The New York Times\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\"Stirring and Heartbreaking in its examination of ingrained sociocultural sexism, and the toll it takes on entire families.\"\u003cem\u003e - Nick Schager, Variety\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\"A fantastic film...It was like getting on a plane and experiencing another world.\"\u003cem\u003e — Susan Kolker, The New York Times\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e“The film’s directors, Sarita Khurana and Smriti Mundhra, who are both Indian American women and won the festival’s award for new documentary director, are trying to overturn stereotypes about arranged marriage.”\u003cem\u003e\u003cspan\u003e — Kavita Das, \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/em\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.washingtonpost.com\/news\/soloish\/wp\/2017\/05\/02\/india-has-changed-a-lot-in-70-years-but-arranged-marriage-remains-the-norm\/?utm_term=.562a34e95a1b\"\u003e\u003cem\u003eWashington Post\u003cbr\u003e \u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e“Fascinating look into how Indian arranged marriages actually work”\u003cem\u003e — Carrie Wittmer, \u003c\/em\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.businessinsider.com\/a-suitable-girl-review-documentary-indian-marriages-2017-5\"\u003e\u003cem\u003eBusiness Insider\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\"Honest and thoughtful...I cried watching these stories.\"\u003cem\u003e — Maureen O'Connor, \u003c\/em\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.vulture.com\/2017\/04\/tribeca-film-festival-17-movies-to-see-this-year.html\"\u003e\u003cem\u003eNew York Magazine\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e“A Suitable Girl is likely the best documentary of the festival. It would be really hard not to enjoy A Suitable Girl.”\u003cem\u003e — Eli Sentman, \u003c\/em\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/blog.moviepass.com\/tribeca-film-festival-weekend-1-recap\/\"\u003e\u003cem\u003eMovie Pass\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cem\u003e\u003cbr\u003e \u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\"Intimate, unbiased, and thoughtful.\"\u003cem\u003e — Charline Jao, \u003c\/em\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.themarysue.com\/a-suitable-girl-review\/\"\u003e\u003cem\u003eThe Mary Sue\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e“A Suitable Girl does everything a good documentary should do”\u003cem\u003e — Kristen O’Neal, \u003c\/em\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/birthmoviesdeath.com\/2017\/04\/25\/tribeca-film-festival-review-a-suitable-girl\"\u003e\u003cem\u003eBirth Movies 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charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #ff0000;\"\u003e\u003cb style=\"color: #ff0000;\"\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.collectiveeye.org\/pages\/host-a-screening\" target=\"_blank\" title=\"Community Screenings Form\" style=\"color: #ff0000;\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0133\/2562\/files\/Screening_large.png?13468160472198309702\" alt=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.collectiveeye.org\/pages\/host-a-screening\" target=\"_blank\" title=\"Community Screenings Form\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #444444;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eDirected by:\u003c\/strong\u003e Sarita Khurana \u0026amp; Smriti Mundhra\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: 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#444444;\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #444444;\"\u003e\"Stirring, and heartbreaking in its examination of ingrained sociocultural sexism, and the toll it takes on entire families.\" \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #444444;\"\u003e\u003cem\u003e– Variety\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cem\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ciframe width=\"550\" height=\"315\" src=\"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/3Gb9fPBZxs8\" frameborder=\"0\" allow=\"autoplay; encrypted-media\" allowfullscreen=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eA Suitable Girl\u003c\/strong\u003e follows three young women in India struggling to maintain their identities and follow their dream\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003es amid intense pressure to get married. Ritu, Dipti \u003c\/span\u003eand\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e Amrita represent the new India. Educated, financially stable and raised with a mix of traditional and contemporary values in the urban c\u003c\/span\u003eities 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.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eDocumenting the arranged marriage and matchmaking process in vérité over four years, the film examines the women’s complex relationships with the institution of marriage, the many nuanced ways society molds them into traditional roles, and a rarely-seen portrait of India’s urban middle class.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eOriginal Score by Gingger Shankar\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eAwards \u0026amp; Notable Events:\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eTribeca Film Festival - Winner \"Albert Maysles Best New Documentary Director Award\"\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eAFI Docs - Official Selection \u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eMumbai Film Festival - Official Selection\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eSheffield Doc\/Fest - Official Selection\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"review-issue-info\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eRecommended by Video Librarian\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"review-issue-info\"\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"review-issue-info\"\u003e\"The mechanics of arranged marriages in India are explored by filmmakers Sarita Khurana and Smriti Mundhra in this documentary that focuses on three single women facing societal pressure to wed. Ritu is sophisticated and well-educated, with a successful career in Mumbai, but she agrees to marry under pressure from her mother Seema. Amrita enjoys a freewheeling lifestyle in Delhi but consents to wed—in spite of the fact that the match will force her to move to a remote area—because her intended will allow her to continue to work outside the home. Thirty-year-old Dipti, on the other hand, is desperate to find a husband, working with her parents to locate a plausible candidate through all available means—scouring newspaper advertisements and attending events where men present themselves for interviews. After numerous failed attempts leave her in a state of virtual depression, she does succeed.\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cem\u003eA Suitable Girl\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/em\u003edetails the peculiarities involved in selecting a mate—including the comparison of horoscopes to assess compatibility—and emphasizes the fact that financial considerations factor heavily in negotiations (all three women come from reasonably well-to-do families). But the overall emphasis here is on the human costs that traditional marriages continue to have on Indian women, since most will assume a subservient place in the husband’s family, losing whatever freedom they had previously enjoyed. So despite the festive appearance of the wedding scenes at the close, all carry a somber undertone. An insightful portrait of a persistent custom in Indian culture, this is recommended.\" \u003cem\u003e- Aud: C, P. (F. Swietek) for Video Librarian\u003c\/em\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"review-body\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eWhat the Press is saying:\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003e“A Suitable Girl is an overwhelming testament to the power of patriarchy and the continued struggle of women to gain agency over their lives.” \u003cem\u003e– Shubhodeep Pal, \u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.thehindu.com\/entertainment\/movies\/a-suitable-connection\/article17892957.ece\"\u003eThe Hindu\u003c\/a\u003e \u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e“Oscar-worthy. It’s impossible to not be moved by ‘A Suitable Girl.’”\u003cem\u003e — Clay Cane, \u003c\/em\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.bet.com\/celebrities\/news\/2017\/04\/24\/_a-suitable-girl-review.html\"\u003e\u003cem\u003eBET.com\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cem\u003e\u003cbr\u003e \u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\"A Suitable Girl depicts the diverse forms arranged marriages take, breaking down stereotypes and creating an intricate portrait of an ever-evolving practice in one of the most populous countries in the world.\"\u003cem\u003e — Prachi Gupta, \u003ca href=\"http:\/\/jezebel.com\/becoming-an-unsuitable-girl-1794923371\"\u003eJezebel\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\n\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\u003cem\u003e“Opening a window onto a cultural custom many Westerners find baffling, the Indian-American filmmakers Sarita Khurana and Smriti Mundhra stirringly chronicle this often heart-rending, occasionally humorous rite of passage without judgment.\"  - Kathryn Shattuck, The New York Times\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\"Stirring and Heartbreaking in its examination of ingrained sociocultural sexism, and the toll it takes on entire families.\"\u003cem\u003e - Nick Schager, Variety\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\"A fantastic film...It was like getting on a plane and experiencing another world.\"\u003cem\u003e — Susan Kolker, The New York Times\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e“The film’s directors, Sarita Khurana and Smriti Mundhra, who are both Indian American women and won the festival’s award for new documentary director, are trying to overturn stereotypes about arranged marriage.”\u003cem\u003e\u003cspan\u003e — Kavita Das, \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/em\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.washingtonpost.com\/news\/soloish\/wp\/2017\/05\/02\/india-has-changed-a-lot-in-70-years-but-arranged-marriage-remains-the-norm\/?utm_term=.562a34e95a1b\"\u003e\u003cem\u003eWashington Post\u003cbr\u003e \u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e“Fascinating look into how Indian arranged marriages actually work”\u003cem\u003e — Carrie Wittmer, \u003c\/em\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.businessinsider.com\/a-suitable-girl-review-documentary-indian-marriages-2017-5\"\u003e\u003cem\u003eBusiness Insider\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\"Honest and thoughtful...I cried watching these stories.\"\u003cem\u003e — Maureen O'Connor, \u003c\/em\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.vulture.com\/2017\/04\/tribeca-film-festival-17-movies-to-see-this-year.html\"\u003e\u003cem\u003eNew York Magazine\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e“A Suitable Girl is likely the best documentary of the festival. It would be really hard not to enjoy A Suitable Girl.”\u003cem\u003e — Eli Sentman, \u003c\/em\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/blog.moviepass.com\/tribeca-film-festival-weekend-1-recap\/\"\u003e\u003cem\u003eMovie Pass\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cem\u003e\u003cbr\u003e \u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\"Intimate, unbiased, and thoughtful.\"\u003cem\u003e — Charline Jao, \u003c\/em\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.themarysue.com\/a-suitable-girl-review\/\"\u003e\u003cem\u003eThe Mary Sue\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e“A Suitable Girl does everything a good documentary should do”\u003cem\u003e — Kristen O’Neal, \u003c\/em\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/birthmoviesdeath.com\/2017\/04\/25\/tribeca-film-festival-review-a-suitable-girl\"\u003e\u003cem\u003eBirth Movies Death\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cem\u003e \u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e“There is actual magic in the making of A Suitable Girl.\"\u003cem\u003e — John Curtis, \u003c\/em\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/boldaslove.us\/2017\/04\/23\/tribeca-film-festival-review-a-suitable-girl\/\"\u003e\u003cem\u003eBold As Love Magazine\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e“A Stirring Examination Of Family And Marriage.\"\u003cem\u003e — Beth Reynolds\u003cspan\u003e, \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/em\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.monkeysfightingrobots.com\/tribeca-film-festival-review-a-suitable-girl\/\"\u003e\u003cem\u003eMonkeys Fighting Robots\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e  \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003e“With A Suitable Girl, filmmakers Sarita Khurana and Smriti Mundhra have achieved what many documentarians can only attempt, taking a topic that many outsiders misunderstand and laying it out beautifully bare.” –\u003cem\u003e Loren Hammonds, Programmer, Tribeca Film Festival \u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003e\n\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\n\u003cdiv id=\"pageContainer1\" data-page-number=\"1\" data-loaded=\"true\"\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003e\n\u003cdiv data-canvas-width=\"745.4456470588237\"\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"page\" title=\"Page 2\"\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"layoutArea\"\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"column\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e"}
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    • Directed by: Sarita Khurana & Smriti Mundhra
    • Released: 2018 (educational)
Running Time: 94 min.
Format: NTSC
Language: English, Closed Captioned
Subjects: Feminism, Asian Studies, Women's Studies, Anthropology, Sociology, Modern Indian Studies

"Stirring, and heartbreaking in its examination of ingrained sociocultural sexism, and the toll it takes on entire families."

– Variety

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, the many nuanced ways society molds them into traditional roles, and a rarely-seen portrait of India’s urban middle class.

Original Score by Gingger Shankar

Awards & Notable Events:

  • Tribeca Film Festival - Winner "Albert Maysles Best New Documentary Director Award"
  • AFI Docs - Official Selection 
  • Mumbai Film Festival - Official Selection
  • Sheffield Doc/Fest - Official Selection
Recommended by Video Librarian
"The mechanics of arranged marriages in India are explored by filmmakers Sarita Khurana and Smriti Mundhra in this documentary that focuses on three single women facing societal pressure to wed. Ritu is sophisticated and well-educated, with a successful career in Mumbai, but she agrees to marry under pressure from her mother Seema. Amrita enjoys a freewheeling lifestyle in Delhi but consents to wed—in spite of the fact that the match will force her to move to a remote area—because her intended will allow her to continue to work outside the home. Thirty-year-old Dipti, on the other hand, is desperate to find a husband, working with her parents to locate a plausible candidate through all available means—scouring newspaper advertisements and attending events where men present themselves for interviews. After numerous failed attempts leave her in a state of virtual depression, she does succeed. A Suitable Girl details the peculiarities involved in selecting a mate—including the comparison of horoscopes to assess compatibility—and emphasizes the fact that financial considerations factor heavily in negotiations (all three women come from reasonably well-to-do families). But the overall emphasis here is on the human costs that traditional marriages continue to have on Indian women, since most will assume a subservient place in the husband’s family, losing whatever freedom they had previously enjoyed. So despite the festive appearance of the wedding scenes at the close, all carry a somber undertone. An insightful portrait of a persistent custom in Indian culture, this is recommended." - Aud: C, P. (F. Swietek) for Video Librarian

 

What the Press is saying:

“A Suitable Girl is an overwhelming testament to the power of patriarchy and the continued struggle of women to gain agency over their lives.” – Shubhodeep Pal, The Hindu

“Oscar-worthy. It’s impossible to not be moved by ‘A Suitable Girl.’” — Clay Cane, BET.com

"A Suitable Girl depicts the diverse forms arranged marriages take, breaking down stereotypes and creating an intricate portrait of an ever-evolving practice in one of the most populous countries in the world." — Prachi Gupta, Jezebel

“Opening a window onto a cultural custom many Westerners find baffling, the Indian-American filmmakers Sarita Khurana and Smriti Mundhra stirringly chronicle this often heart-rending, occasionally humorous rite of passage without judgment."  - Kathryn Shattuck, The New York Times

"Stirring and Heartbreaking in its examination of ingrained sociocultural sexism, and the toll it takes on entire families." - Nick Schager, Variety

"A fantastic film...It was like getting on a plane and experiencing another world." — Susan Kolker, The New York Times

“The film’s directors, Sarita Khurana and Smriti Mundhra, who are both Indian American women and won the festival’s award for new documentary director, are trying to overturn stereotypes about arranged marriage.” — Kavita Das, Washington Post

“Fascinating look into how Indian arranged marriages actually work” — Carrie Wittmer, Business Insider

"Honest and thoughtful...I cried watching these stories." — Maureen O'Connor, New York Magazine

“A Suitable Girl is likely the best documentary of the festival. It would be really hard not to enjoy A Suitable Girl.” — Eli Sentman, Movie Pass

"Intimate, unbiased, and thoughtful." — Charline Jao, The Mary Sue

“A Suitable Girl does everything a good documentary should do” — Kristen O’Neal, Birth Movies Death 

“There is actual magic in the making of A Suitable Girl." — John Curtis, Bold As Love Magazine

“A Stirring Examination Of Family And Marriage." — Beth Reynolds, Monkeys Fighting Robots   

“With A Suitable Girl, filmmakers Sarita Khurana and Smriti Mundhra have achieved what many documentarians can only attempt, taking a topic that many outsiders misunderstand and laying it out beautifully bare.” – Loren Hammonds, Programmer, Tribeca Film Festival

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