Geeta, a documentary that showcases a mother’s heartfelt attempt to change her daughter’s destiny after a brutal acid attack, won the Social Justice Film award at the renowned 37th Santa Barbara International Film Festival.
In one of the scenes of the documentary, Geeta Mahor is seen asleep with her three young daughters when her husband, Inderjeet, crept into their room and maliciously threw acid on them. Geeta was badly injured, three-year-old Neetu ended up severely scarred and almost completely blind, and baby Krishna tragically passed away.
Inderjeet said he attacked them because Geeta was only giving birth to girls.
Fast-forward 28 years and Geeta and her daughter Neetu live their lives in the urban slums of Agra. They carry on with the hope and an uncompromising determination to create lasting societal change.
The documentary speaks about overcoming violence, the power of love, building dreams and the everyday heroism that creates grassroots change.
Director Emma Macey-Storch called on the global community to support Geeta and her daughter Neetu in their work with acid attack survivors at Sheroes Hangout in India.