The Royal Film Commission - Jordan in cooperation with the Embassy of Canada in Jordan invites you to attend the screening of the Canadian film “Heaven on Earth" Followed by a discussion with women’s rights activist, Ghada Saba
"Heaven on Earth"
Deepa Mehta, 106 min, Drama, in English with Arabic subtitles, Canada, 2008
Chand, a young Punjabi woman, leaves her family and community behind in India and travels to Canada to marry a man she's never met in Brampton, Ontario. She finds herself at the mercy of his temper and of her mother-in-law's controlling behaviour.
After a magic root fails to transform her husband into a kind and loving man, Chand takes refuge in a familiar Indian folk tale featuring a King Cobra.
In "Heaven on Earth", director Deepa Mehta highlights the isolation and disappointment faced by a family of Punjabi immigrants to Canada.
The film has won the Silver Hugo Award for Best Actress at Chicago International Film Festival and the Muhr Asia Africa Award for Best Scriptwriter at Dubai International Film Festival. It has been nominated for the Directors Guild of Canada Award for Sound Editing, the Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role and Best Screenplay, the Leo Awards for Best Supporting Performance by a Female in a Feature Length Drama, the Vancouver Film Critics Circle for Best Film, Best Director and Best Actress in a Canadian Film.