Kay reviews films in 100 words or less.
Water is set in 1930s India, where widowed women were expected to live in religious piety, poverty, and chastity to remain virtuous and avoid being “reborn in the womb of a jackal.” This tragically beautiful film fluidly communicates the frustration of a life forced to follow an inequitable fate prescribed by outdated dogma. It shows the innate, uncontainable desire to be loved and be free, regardless of sex or status. It’s a reminder of how far we’ve come—and how far we still have to go for equality.
Fighting for women’s rights isn’t just a women’s issue. It’s everyone’s struggle.