The Iowa International Center is sponsoring a showing of Harvest of Grief, a film highlighting the plight of Indian farmers driven to suicide by globalization. This program is free and open to the public.
The hour-long documentary examines a wave of suicides among farmers, mostly in the Punjab region of India. Once considered the country’s prosperous breadbasket, the region has seen, by some accounts, as many as 40,000 suicides over the past 20 years.
The film, compiled in 2010, was produced by Rasil Basu. Rasil, age 86, lives in New Delhi and New York. Rasil will be present to answer question and discuss specific changes that would improve the lot of these struggling women, and Ekatra, her nongovernmantal organization which works on projects for the advancement of women.