The Little Republic (2002)

Run Time - 86 min.  |   Countries - India  |  
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Four women are forced to take drastic actions with serious political consequences in director Anwar Jamal's feature-film directorial debut The Little Republic. The leaders of a small village in the Indian state of Rajasthan allow women to sit on their leadership council but expect silent compliance when weighty matters are being considered for a vote. One such issue pertains to a newly found pocket of water in what was thought to be a dry well. Prior to the discovery, the women of the village had to walk great distances in order to procure water for their people and the newly found water will put an end to this dangerous task -- or so the women think. The village council, rife with political cronyism and caste prejudice, fails to come to an agreement over how to proceed, forcing a multi-caste group of four women to take it upon themselves to seek assistance from higher authorities to accomplish the task. While empowering themselves temporarily, the true test of the women's bold act will come when they return to face the ire of the village leaders.