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Begumpura: The Wives Colony

Begumpura examines the concept of fragmented families as one of the major challenges of globalization and immigration. It explores the social and psychological implications experienced by a group of South Asian immigrant wives in Mississauga.

This film deals with the social and psychological implications of the unique phenomenon of South Asian immigrant women who live with their children in Toronto as their husbands have sought out better-suited and more remunerative job prospects in the Gulf.

The women learn to cope with the help of support groups and through their social network, as many choose to live in close proximity to each other, especially in Mississauga, colloquially known as “Begumpura” (The Wives Colony).

This film will help understand the negative implications of fractured families, forced single parenting, changing marital relationships along with the positive results of the newfound independence among these women. Despite their trials and tribulations, most families choose to stay and seek utopia for their progeny in Canada.

The film portrays the network, camaraderie and underlying pathos in the lives of these women, an experience shared by Rashmi, the Director, who also found herself in the same situation. These women have spent varying lengths of time in Canada, primarily to be with their children as the kids went through schooling. However, a common thread running through these stories is the frustration, loneliness and burden of coping with a dual role due to the absence of their husbands.

Begumpura: The Wives Colony (Hindi)

Begumpura examines the concept of fragmented families as one of the major challenges of globalization and immigration. It explores the social and psychological implications experienced by a group of South Asian immigrant wives in Mississauga.

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