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Water – A Canada On Screen Event

Film Brockville brings interesting and independent films to the City that wouldn’t otherwise be shown in Brockville on the large screen. Free admission is offered as part of the Canada On Screen events. The box office opens about 7:00 p.m. Seating is limited (200) and is on a first-come first-served basis, so come early.

The conclusion of Mehta’s Elements Trilogy and possibly the director’s most beloved work, Water was almost never made. When Mehta first attempted to shoot the film in 2000, her set was burned down by Hindu fundamentalists; three years later, Mehta re-mounted the film, shooting secretly in Sri Lanka with a different cast. Set in the late 1930s against the backdrop of Gandhi’s non-violent protests and campaign to better the condition of women, Water takes place in an ashram where widows both old and young (including a girl of seven) are sent to live out their lives in austerity after the deaths of their husbands. When a beautiful young widow (Lisa Ray) who had been forced into prostitution by the ashram’s imperious overseer begins an affair with a wealthy follower of Gandhi, the stage is set for tragedy. At once intimate and epic, Water was a substantial commercial success and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.