A film by Ishani K. Dutta (India/2013/49:42)
"Womb on Rent" follows the incredible journey of a surrogate mother from India, right from the beginning when this impoverished mother of three decides to rent her womb. Besides being an astounding depiction of modern medical science, this is also a peek into a spirited woman’s roller coaster world of emotions; a story that has never been told before.
Click HERE to watch Ishani K. Dutta's acceptance speech for the Grand Prize Award (2016).
About Ishani K. Dutta
Ishani K. Dutta has been making films for almost two decades now. Before her work as a filmmaker, she was a media researcher with the Indian Institute of Mass Communications. She joined IIMC after completing her Post Graduation in English Literature. Ishani’s inspiration for making “Womb on Rent” was to uncover the murky underbelly of the surrogacy industry in India. She sees documentaries as a key medium for communicating and inspiring social, cultural, and environmental change. She finds it a great medium to spur perception change, increase awareness of India’s rich cultural and historical heritage, and inspire a new generation by empowering them with knowledge about India and its relation with the world.
Ishani founded Carrot Communications in early 2000 and, today, Carrot is proud to be associated with leading corporate houses, NGOs, and the government sector. Ishani has researched, scripted, and directed the following films:
o “Fishing for Growth” (on Natural Resource Management through indigenous method), an Official selection at Voices from Water, Bangalore Film Festival 2014
o “Breaking the Silence,” an Official Selection at International Short 7 Documentary Film Festival Kerala SIGNS 2014, Best Film Award on Gender at the Woodpecker Film Festival 2013, and Jeevika Livelihood Film Festival 2013
o “The Musalman,” a short film on what is perhaps the world’s last handwritten newspaper, made for the Ministry of External Affairs, it was an Official Selection at IFFI, Goa 2011. The film has also been nominated for Mumbai International Film Festival, 2012, and the Kerala Film Festival 2012
o “Faith Revisited,” a documentary on ancient Indian systems of nature conservation for Ministry of External Affairs won a Gold Award from Indian Documentary Producers Association IDPA 2011. The film was also nominated for Vatavaran Environment Film Festival 2011, and MIFF 2012
o “Power to People,” a 30-minute film explaining the working of the Right to Information Act and process, which has been nominated at various film festivals, and has won the Special Jury Award at the Development & Human Rights Film Festival, India
o “Blue Goes Black,” a short film on the pollution of river Yamuna, an Official Selection at the Amazonas Environment Film Festival, 2010, Brazil
o “The Land Of Vanishing Lakes” about the Vanishing Lakes of Haryana, which was nominated at Vatavaran 2009, Red Earth Festival 2009, Mumbai International Film Festival 2010 and Kerala Documentary Film Festival 2010. The film has also been nominated at the Bangalore Cine Festival 2011, International Film Festival of India, Goa 2010
o “Being Positive on HIV in Sea-farers,” a documentary film that won the Best Documentary Award at the Development & Human Rights Festival 2011 & Special Jury Mention at the Kolkata Film Festival
o “Bauls of Bengal: A Love Song of the World,” a documentary for Ministry of External Affairs, which was an Official Selection at the Livelihood Film Festival - Jeevika 2011. It also got Special Jury Mention at the Kolkata Film Festival 2012
o “The Lost Forest” on the sacred forest of Mangarbani, off Gurgaon Faridabad highway, and under threat from developers, which was nominated at the Quotes from the Earth Festival 2012, Signs Festival Kerala 2013
Ishani’s recent projects include “Black Pepper White Pepper – Stories from the Trenches,” for the Ministry of External Affairs, Govt. of India, Series Director on Adolescent Heroes from all over India for UNICEF & DOORDARSHAN, Series Director on Natural Resource Management for NABARD & GIZ, India.
She is also an integral part of the Concept Research Direction of the following Documentaries: “Interrupted – Child Rape in India” – Research & Production Stage, “Trans Formation – Story of Trans woman Amitva Sarkar,” and “Manufacturing Terror – Story of Aamir Khan.”
She plans to make a sequel of "Womb on Rent" with the same character.