Hiding Divya
Hiding Divya (2010)

Filmmaker Rehana Mirza tackles the taboo of mental illness in the South Asian American community in her writing and directorial feature debut. HIDING DIVYA provides a rare, realistic and poignant glimpse into the lives of three generations… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: August 20, 2010
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Tom Long
Detroit News

A bit more clarity would have left fewer questions lingering.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

The plot is full of hackneyed characters and contrived events better suited to TV than the big screen.

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Diego Semerene
Slant Magazine

Hiding Divya is so consistently sterile and unabashedly TV-movie-like that when the one great moment in the film comes around, it awakens you like a defibrillator.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

Unfortunately Palini and her problems -- and her daughter, Jia, and her problems -- tend to overwhelm the story.

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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

Although well-meaning in its attempt to dramatize the stigma the subject evokes in the South Asian American community, Hiding Divya ultimately falters in its execution.

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Prairie Miller
WBAI Radio

Director Rehana Mirza Talks Stress, Taboo And Indian Culture In Hiding Divya

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Rachel Saltz
New York Times

In the end, you're none the wiser about mental illness or even about these characters.

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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice

Though the leads make for a believable family unit, the performances in writer-director Rehana Mirza's thin-skinned, no-frills drama unevenly range from functional to histrionic.

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Frank Lovece
Film Journal International

Intimate indie about a disaffected desi in Edison, N.J., who with her 16-year-old daughter must face her own mother's ever-more-evident mental illness.

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