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For 12 year-old Maya, life is very simple in her village in rural India. From innocent pranks to small adventures in the nearby forest, she spends most of her time with her 11 year-old cousin Sanjay. However, their fraternal love will be shattered when Sanjay will fail to save her from an imaginary brutal ritual. Written by
MAYA (dir. Digvijay Singh) This film is an attempt to draw attention to a supposed violent and exploitative practice against young Hindu women, however, the film does little to authenticate the reality of this threat. We watch as a happy young girl from rural India becomes a young woman, and is then subjected to a religious ritual in which she is gang raped by the priests of the temple. This seems to be condoned by the family and sanctioned by the community, yet It is not clear when this supposedly took place (anywhere from the 1950's to the present), or if there is any actual scriptural basis for this particularly grotesque rite. If this is a true depiction of an authentic Hindu ceremony, I would like to see proof. The film reminded me of the ancient belief that religious minorities, usually Jews, murder children to use their blood in certain aspects of their religious rituals and holidays.
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