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Women in Power - Indira Gandhi

Television (Full Length) – 1976

This 1976 documentary examines India’s third Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi. Her father took office as Prime Minister in 1947, the day India became independent from Britain. Framed around an extended interview with Gandhi, reporter Dairne Shanahan explores India and Indira’s history, and her controversial ‘emergency’ governing of the democracy’s 600 million people. The documentary was directed by Barry Barclay. As this article explains, Shanahan hoped it would be the pilot for a series, but it was never made. In October 1984 Gandhi was assassinated by two of her bodyguards.

I think it's miraculous that we've kept it together in spite of everything.
– Indira Gandhi on India's multiple religions

Key Cast & Crew

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Barry Barclay

Director, Assistant Script

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Dairne Shanahan

Reporter, Writer, Series idea

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John O'Shea


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Michael Hirschfeld

Series idea

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John Van der Reyden

Assistant Sound

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Yogesh K Mehta

Assistant Camera

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Produced by

  • Pacific Films

  • Endeavour Productions