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Pink Saris

Directed by Kim Longinotto | |

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‘A girl’s life is cruel – a woman’s life is very cruel,’ notes Sampat Pal, the complex protagonist of Pink Saris, which is internationally acclaimed director Kim Longinotto’s latest foray into the lives of extraordinary women. Sampat should know – like many others she was married as a young girl into a family whose members made her work hard and beat her often. But unusually, she fought back, leaving her in-laws and eventually becoming famous as a champion for beleaguered women throughout Uttar Pradesh, many of whom find their way to her doorstep. Pink Saris is an unflinching and often amusing look at these unlikely political activists and their charismatic leader; in extraordinary scenes, we watch Sampat launch herself into the centre of family dramas, witnessed by scores of spectators, convinced her mediation is the best path for these vulnerable girls. Her partner Babuji, who has watched Sampat change over the years, is less certain…

[director]Kim Longinotto is an internationally acclaimed British documentary filmmaker, renowned for creating extraordinary human portraits and tackling controversial topics with sensitivity and compassion. Longinotto’s films have won several prestigious awards including the World Cinema Jury Prize in documentary at Sundance, the Peabody Award, two Cannes awards, a BAFTA, and the Special jury Prize at the International Documentary Film Festival, Amsterdam (IDFA). Her other films are Divorce Iranian Style (1998), Sisters in Law (2005) and Rough Aunties (2008). Longinotto studied camera and directing at the National Film and Television School in Beaconsfiled, England.[/director]

 

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