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Icelandic Documentary Makers Cover India Acid Attacks

By Iceland Review

Two Icelandic documentary makers, Bjarney Lúðvíksdóttir and Lína Thoroddsen, have just finished eight months of shooting for a film about acid attacks in India. Bjarney was working in Mumbai as a model coordinator in 2005 when she first heard about the attacks.

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The pair spoke with survivors, doctors, legal experts and activists for the film. “We cry about stupid, small things. But these women are so courageous. They are my role models,” Bjarney told Times of India.

Bjarney, who worked in Mumbai from 2003 to 2005, described the first time she saw an acid attack victim. “We were doing an outdoor shoot. And this girl who had been attacked by acid came to look at what was going on like everyone else. We were all stunned and I felt terrible. And then someone asked her to leave, which made me feel even worse. I swore to myself then, that I would come back and work on this issue,” she said.

She later returned to Reykjavík to work in the film industry but in late 2012 sent out a message looking for someone to join her in making the documentary back in India. Lína, a video editor, jumped at the chance.

Acid attacks have increasingly been used as a means of violence against women, Al Jazeera reports.

Bjarney says they will try to sell the film to Icelandic television with any profits going to the survivors.


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