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Leena Yadav directs this emotional drama centering around four women in a rural Indian village who disregard the cultural traditions that limit their rights. Parched world premiered at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival.

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  • A bright jewel of a film, surprisingly funny, fresh and upbeat in the way it takes on the complicated and often dark topic of sexual politics in rural India.

    Jun 24, 2016 | Full Review…
  • "Parched" is vibrantly alive, full of color and light and movement and music. There is sex in this movie, and there is dancing, and there are vibrant fabrics and foods and fire. It's a dry place, but one ringed with beauty.

    Jun 17, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Despite the appalling circumstances and events it depicts, the movie's plain and unstinting affection for its lead characters gives "Parched" a frequently buoyant tone.

    Jun 16, 2016 | Full Review…
  • You can see flashes of bawdy comedic brilliance sprinkled throughout Parched, an otherwise grim Indian drama about four women living in a male-dominated village.

    Jun 15, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Leena Yadav's third feature is a contemporary morality tale that critiques the often harsh treatment of women in the absence of egalitarian social norms.

    May 19, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Thanks to attentive writing and sturdy performances, the director's characters are so compellingly realized that it's easy to succumb to the film's hopefulness.

    May 19, 2016 | Full Review…

    Nick Schager

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