The Butterfly

Nisheeta Keni, FilmMaker

The Butterfly

Screens April 6 – Rutgers University Newark – Express Newark

Nisheeta Keni, Director, 2016, 14m, India

The story is about Anamika , a woman in her forties, who is extremely repressed in personality and in terms of her sexuality. An incident in her childhood where she thinks that her parents put her in danger has made her an introvert and unable to make any decisions. She leads a life dictated by her parents, including her arranged marriage. One day, she is widowed and no longer knows what to do with life. Her grandmother who lives in the village invites her to stay, an invitation she accepts. In the village her grandmother’s warm nurture helps her to open up as a person. While this nurture is molding her, one day she sees a much younger farmer in the fields and she feels attracted to him. She can’t stop thinking about him and keeps going to watch him work. Slowly her repression begins to open up. Then one day, when she goes to the fields to see that man as usual, she sees another man in his place. She realizes that she is attracted to this man too. In the end her sexual liberation reaches its peak.