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Matrubhoomi: A Nation Without Women (Bhojpuri/Hindi: मातृभूमि, translation: Motherland) is a 2003 Indian film written and directed by Manish Jha. The film examines the impact of female foeticide and female infanticide on the gender balance, and consequently the stability and attitudes of society. Its storyline bears some resemblance to real-life instances of gender imbalance and economics resulting in fraternal polyandry and bride buying in some parts of India. Times of India, July 16, 2005. It depicts a future dystopia in an Indian village populated exclusively by males due to female infanticide over the years.

The film received widespread critical acclaim and was shown at the film festivals through 2003, including the 2003 Venice Film Festival, where it was presented in the Critic's Week (Parallel Sections) and later awarded the FIPRESCI Award "For important theme on women's issues and female infanticide handled with sensitivity by a first-time director".


The film begins in a rural village in Bihar,, this unchecked trend leads to the village being populated solely by males. The now...
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