Asian Cinema Fund 2018
- Script Development Fund
- Production Support Fund
- Post-Production Fund
- Asian Network of Documentary(AND) Fund
- ACF Showcase
- AND Programs
2015 Asian Network of Documentary (AND) Fund
Marriage Cop is a feature-length documentary that examines the state of marriage and family relationships in contemporary India through the eyes of a police officer whose assigned duty is to help settle marital disputes at the Women’s Help Desk in Dehradun. A counterpoint is provided by the stories of the women who go to the Help Desk seeking relief from domestic troubles -abusive spouses, deadbeat dads, and interfering mothers-in-law- the Help Desk sees it all. Will these women resolve their marital woes or will they wind up in divorce court? The first question that Marriage Cop raises is “Why are people going to the police for marriage counseling?”. But perhaps a better question is “Why do women want this?” The story of The Help Desk will challenge audiences' preconceived notions -about India, about domestic violence, gender roles, and about the very notions of marriage- and what it means to help.
Marriage Cop came about because of a brief conversation Cheryl and I had about the recent dramatic headlines about the violence against women in India and the way Indian women are frequently portrayed as helpless victims in the press. We wanted to find a way to explore these complex issues without making a “victim film” and go beyond the sensational stories that were featured in the headlines. We realized that we had found the perfect subject in Officer Krishna Jayara and her work as a de facto marriage counselor at the Women’s Help Desk in Dehradun. Police stations inherently interesting places. Hang around a police station for a few hours and something is bound to happen but the Help Desk itself offers a microcosmic view on the state of women, marriage and relationships in contemporary India as a whole.