• Yes Madam, Sir

    2008. India/Australia. Megan Doneman. 95 min.

Introduced by Bedi and Doneman

Friday, June 5, 2009, 8:00 p.m.


  • Yes Madam, Sir

    2008. India/Australia. Directed by Megan Doneman. Kiran Bedi, who will introduce the opening-night premiere on June 5 with director Megan Doneman, is one of the most inspiring and controversial public figures in India today. In 1972, despite fierce opposition, she became India’s first elite policewoman, and stunned the nation by facing down three thousand sword-wielding Punjabi rioters armed only with a wooden baton. Later, she became the governor of one of Asia’s most notorious jails, Tihar, and transformed it into a model for prison reform worldwide. Her three-decade battle against seemingly indomitable forces of corruption, bureaucracy, sexism, and prejudice, and her work on behalf of women, prisoners, and community charities, has been nothing less than visionary, earning her the Ramon Magsaysay Award (Asia’s equivalent to a Nobel Peace Prize) and a key position at the United Nations. In this fascinating documentary portrait, narrated by Helen Mirren, Doneman offers an honest, intimate look at Bedi’s astonishing life and career, while also examining the considerable personal costs of public duty and media celebrity. New York premiere. In Hindi; English subtitles. 95 min.

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