"A Citzen Filmmaker of the World"
An Outline of a Life
- Born in Amritsar, India in 1949
- Attended the University of Delhi. She received a degree in philosophy.
- Her father was a theater owner.
- Her start in film began with documentaries.
- Moved to Toronto at 23 and later became a Canadian citizen.
- Now? An awarded director that is the center of much controversy.
"...There is room for redemption and hope, however grim things are; that the human spirit does have that ability to do something that is selfless, even under the most horrendous circumstances."
"If I want to explore it, it has to come from a place of honesty"
Mehta's daughter is also her closest companion.
"Midnight's Children" Premiere -- 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.
The Elements Trilogy
- Fire, (1996)
- explores sexuality
- Earth, (1998)
- 2000 Academy Award for Best Foreign film nominee
- Water, (2005)
- nominated for 2007 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film
“I couldn't make Water until I stopped being angry. Why are we so scared of showing the truth? Why can't we question aspects of our tradition that aren't so great?”
Aarabi, P. (2014). Interview with Filmmaker Deepa Mehta. Retrieved March 15, 2016, from http://urbanette.com/deepa-mehtaDAVIDESCU, R. A. (2009, April 10). Culture, Sexuality and Politics in Deepa Mehta's Fire. Retrieved March 15, 2016, from http://www.radudavidescu.com/2009/08/culture-sexuality-and-politics-in-deepa.html
Levin, A. (2012). Deepa Mehta's “ Water” and Homegrown Indian Feminism by Amy Levin. Retrieved March 15, 2016, from http://feminismandreligion.com/2012/07/05/deepa-mehtas- water-and-homegrown-indian-feminism-by-amy-levin/
NL Interviews Deepa Mehta. (2013, January 7). Retrieved March 16, 2016, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fJeWMNb4kk
Phillips, R. (2006, May 15). Deepa Mehta speaks with WSWS: The conflict between the desire for freedom and backward religious traditions. Retrieved March 14, 2016, from http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2006/05/deep-m15.html
Wijegunasingha, P. (2000, May 2). Fire: A film which bears witness to Deepa Mehta's courage as an artist. Retrieved March 15, 2016, from https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2000/05/fire-m02.html