Movie : Salma





Thursday, December 15th
City of Asylum @ Alphabet City
40 West North Avenue, Pittsburgh 15212
7 PM
Presented by Sembène – The Film & Arts Festival & City of Asylum


This event is free but you must   RSVP


Official Selections

2013 Sundance Film Festival
International Women’s Film Festival, Seoul
Durban International Film Festival


Director/Producer/Cinematographer:  Kim Longinotto
Countries:  UK/India          Year:  2013   Length: 89 minutes
Language:  Language Tamil with English Subtitles

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Synopsis (Courtesy of Women Make Movies)

When Salma, a young Muslim girl in a south Indian village, was 13 years old, her family locked her up for 25 years, forbidding her to study and forcing her into marriage. During that time, words were Salma’s salvation. She began covertly composing poems on scraps of paper and, through an intricate system, was able to sneak them out of the house, eventually getting them into the hands of a publisher. Against the odds, Salma became the most famous Tamil poet: the first step to discovering her own freedom and challenging the traditions and code of conduct in her village.

As with her other work (PINK SARIS, ROUGH AUNTIES, SISTERS IN LAW), master documentarian Kim Longinotto trains her camera on an iconoclastic woman. Salma’s extraordinary story is one of courage and resilience. Salma has hopes for a different life for the next generation of girls, but as she witnesses, familial ties run deep, and change happens very slowly. SALMA helps us understand why the goal of global education of girls is one the most critical areas of empowerment and development of women worldwide.