SON RISE is set in Haryana, India, a strong Patriarchal society, with a highly skewed sex ratio due to rampant illegal sex determination and female foeticide. The sex ratio imbalance has led to unprecedented levels of gender crimes, ranging from bride trafficking to the highest number of gang rapes reported in the country.
It is in this unlikeliest place, the filmmaker finds ordinary men taking on the ‘extraordinary’ fight to change the narrative on gender inequality. From a forward-thinking village chief, fighting for women to enter the male-dominated arena of local-politics, to a farmer who, in an arranged marriage, decides to marry a gang rape survivor and fight for justice. Can these glimmers of a changing paradigm in SON RISE be the rays of hope we have been looking for?