Bangalore: How do you handle child abuse? As a parent, do you just ignore it fearing trouble or fight against it so that the whole world knows about the problem?
When Pouran Derakhshandeh, a filmmaker from Iran, heard about the issue from many girls, she decided to make a film on the subject. Her ‘Hush… Girls Don’t Scream’ is about the dilemma of a girl facing abuse.
The main character, Shirin, kills a man a couple of hours before she gets married. The motive is rooted in Shirin’s nightmarish childhood. The plot unravels gradually, throwing up the question: Whoisthe realcriminal?
“After coming to know of the problem, I could not keep quiet. I did research and foundthatitis actually a global subject. It took me three years to write the script. The film was completed three months ago and released in Iran. It was screened in Sweden, Los Angeles, Toronto, London, Sao Paulo, Goa, Kerala andChennai.And nowit’s part of Bangalore International Film Festival. I am overwhelmed by the response,’’ Pouran said.
According to her, this is the first film about child abuse. “I met several women in Bangalore andin other Indian cities. They said they faced similar problems and can’t talk about it as it is considered a taboo, especially in Asian countries. But Europeans and Americans talk about it.”
Pouran said appreciation from the audience is important. “After watching the film, many hugged me and cried as they, too, had perhaps faced a similar situation,” she said. Her nextfilm will be on divorce.