Film Screening: A Suitable Girl

Wednesday, September 12, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Fromm Hall - FR 120 - Xavier Auditorium

This event is free and open to the public.

A Q&A via Zoom with the director will immediately following the screening.

Film running time: 1 hour 30 minutes


A Suitable Girl: An Award-Winning Documentary about Arranged Marriage in India

Join the USF Center for Asia Pacific Studies for a screening of the award-winning documentary, A Suitable Girl. The film follows three young women in India struggling to maintain their identities and follow their dreams amid intense pressure to get married. Ritu, Dipti, and Amrita represent the new India. Educated, financially stable and raised with a mix of traditional and contemporary values in the urban cities of Mumbai and New Delhi, they have access to the world in ways their mothers did not. Yet their lives take a dramatic turn when the pressure to settle down and get married hits. Career aspirations become secondary to the pursuit of a husband, and the women struggle with the prospect of leaving their homes and families to become part of another. Documenting the arranged marriage and matchmaking process, the film examines the women’s complex relationships with marriage, family, and culture; the many nuanced ways society molds them into traditional roles; and a rarely-seen portrait of India’s urban middle class.

Co-sponsored by The USF Master in Asia Pacific Studies (MAPS) program.