Granted by the Stockholm International Film Festival and the city of Stockholm, the Impact Award “support[s] headstrong filmmakers who are not afraid to bring up burning topics in contemporary society.” The honor comes with a $114,000 (1 million SEK) cash prize intended to finance the award recipient’s next project.
The Impact Award jury said of “Parched,” “Through superb acting, giving a unique insight into the minds and hearts of women in rural India, told with colorful, sensual cinematography, this film is a paradoxical celebration of life, in spite of tough circumstances, creating both anger and joy, giving fuel for debate as well as hope for change, when addressing a burning question that affects, not half, but the whole of our society.”
In a TIFF interview with Women and Hollywood, Yadav discussed the film’s origins: “In 2012, I was traveling through remote parts of Kutch, India, looking for stories. I met quite a few women with whom I struck a friendship. Some of them shared their life stories with me.
Once I returned to Mumbai, it struck me — the stories of these women were stories of every woman, everywhere. Cultures and circumstances may vary, but their struggles and inner lives are instantly recognizable across time and space. I knew then that these stories had to be shared, discussed and acknowledged by the world.”