Thursday, December 15th
City of Asylum @ Alphabet City
40 West North Avenue, Pittsburgh 15212
Presented by Sembène – The Film & Arts Festival & City of Asylum
This event is free but you must RSVP
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
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.