|6 Yards to Democracy (2006)
6 Yards to Democracy revisits a gruesome incident that took place during an election rally in north India. Thousands of women from poor localities of Lucknow city, lured by the promise of free saris, had been waiting for hours in the harsh sun for the cheap six-yard cloths. A stampede occurred: 22 died and hundreds were injured.
This seemingly stray happening uncovers the sordid side of Indian democracy, and connects in significant ways with the daily humiliations forced upon these women and their families. As boomtown dynamics keep pushing them further into the margins, we observe the women's struggles to keep their homes, hopes and dignity intact while petitioning an apathetic state for their dues.
Script & Direction: Nishtha Jain & Smriti Nevatia
Cinematography: Deepti Gupta
Editing: Vipin Sharma
Sound: Anita Kushwaha
Sound Design: Niraj Gera
Music: Mangesh Dhakde
Original Language: Hindi
"The film raises important issues and provides a mirror to modern-day Uttar Pradesh. Mumbaikars who complain about the 'deluge of migrants' into the city from that state would to well to watch the film and see the reality for themselves."
-Nandini Ramnath, Time Out