The third film in a trilogy by director Deepa Mehta about the challenges facing women in India. The first film, FIRE (1996) explored lesbianism among traditional Indian women, and EARTH (1998) portrayed the political and religious violence surrounding the partition of India and Pakistan.
The making of WATER in India was met with violent protests by Hindu fundamentalists. Filming was forced to stop and most of the film was shot years later in Sri Lanka.
Set in 1938 rural India under British colonial rule, the film begins when eight-year-old child bride Chuyia is widowed and sent to live in a temple in the holy city of Varanasi.
Sponsored by the New York State Writers Institute as part of its Classic Film Series, the screening is free and open to the public.