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A Zenana

Australia, 1982 (MIFF 1986)

Director: Roger Sandall, Jayasinhji Jhala

This film is an account of women s life in the zenana (women's quarters])of Dhrangadra, in northern India, the seal of power of the Jhala Rajputs until 1947. The film unfolds through songs, dances and stories of several palace women, including the Maharini (wife of the Mahraja). She and others reflect upon traditional women's roles, the strictness of their former seclusion and the ideals of women's purity and Inner strength.

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