The award-winning documentary “A SUITABLE GIRL ” is slated for release on AMAZON Prime in North America March 30th 2018.
Winner of the Albert Maysles Best New Documentary Director Award at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, 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. The acclaimed film has been produced and directed by Smriti Mundhra.
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 and the many nuanced ways society molds them into traditional roles and makes it nearly impossible to escape.
Prior to A Suitable Girl , Smriti produced Bomb the System , a 2004 Independent Spirit Award nominee for Best First Feature, and the SXSW Audience Award winning feature film Waterborne . She also co-produced Punching at the Sun , an official selection of the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, as well as over one dozen award-winning short films, including the 2010 Sundance Film Festival official selection and Women In Film award-winnerNew Media. Her work has been supported by the Tribeca Film Institute, Film Independent, Women In Film, ITVS, and the International Documentary Association among other esteemed organizations.