Chapter 8: Head Above Water: Applying Nussbaum’s “Capabilities Approach” to Deepa Mehta’s 2005 Film

by Lauren J. DeCarvalho

In her film WaterDeepa Mehta depicts Hindu widows in 1938 rural India as being systematically robbed of Martha Nussbaum’s list of the ten functional capabilities every human being should have in their lives.

Water, film directed by Deepa Mehta
Image courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures


Water at IMDB
The Politics of Deepa Mehta’s Water, Bright Lights Film Journal