A “Gun and a God” is the journey a woman whose will was forged by the structural violence of her existence and who finally finds her voice.
A film by Sonia Nepram (India | 2012 | 32 mins).
About Sonia Nepram
Sonia Nepram was born and brought up in Manipur, a province in northeast India in a humble yet huge family. She completed her schooling in Imphal, the capital town of the Indian province. Then she finished her graduation in Sociology and further, with a post-graduation degree in Masters in Mass Communication from the prestigious communication university, namely Jamia Milia Islamia, which is located in New Delhi. Since then, she has been working on films, based on varying themes such as gender issues, political subjects, socially relevant themes, survival of women in a patriarchal society and against domestic violence, the negative effects of law and order and so on.
Growing up in a conflict zone is about survival, especially for woman in the North-eastern state of India, Manipur. Right from my childhood every phase of my life has been embedded with the residue of armed conflict and this is true for every woman in the Manipur society. Our fight for freedom was established when our grandmothers fought against the artificial famine during the British colonization of India and that struggle is now carried down to my generation. We must persevere and survive all of the violence inflicted, voicing out our right to life.
In due time, the roles and voices of women in our society got the recognition they deserved within the media fraternity and academia. Women are cherished as guardians, protectors and the catalyst of economic activity. Underneath this pedestal, however, many women still remained entangled in conflicts induced by the same society that seem to praise them. It is behind these veils of glorification that prejudices against women hang in the sub-consciousness of the masses. Women are still a man’s weapon to accentuate the patriarchal system. It is in this realm that the presence of violence is softer and obscure in nature, hard to portray and difficult to resist. Our society tends to draw its inspiration from a canopy of imposed morality while it lurks in an abyss of brutality.