Directed by Kim Longinotto; UK/India, 2010; 96 min.
Indian food reception, compliments of Coriander, to follow screening.
Featuring a panel discussion with Jui Joshi of the Women and Girls' Foundation and Professor Neil Doshi of the University of Pittsburgh
Presented in conjunction with the Women and Girls' Foundation.
"PINK SARIS is easily one of the most interesting, relevant and fascinating documentaries I have ever seen." -- London Film Festival
2011 Nominated, ALA "Notable Video for Adults,"
2010 Best Documentary, Abu Dhabi International Film Festival, Dubai
2010 Special Jury Prize, Sheffield Documentary Festival,
United Kingdom 2010
Sampat Pal Devi is a foul-mouthed self-styled enforcer for the Gulabi Gang (Pink Gang), a group of women who team up to fight the common abuses – forced child marriages, the burning of widows, and the routine beating of women by parents and in-laws – in India's Uttar Pradesh State. She's a belligerent character who loses more battles than she wins and often finds herself to be the only one truly fighting. Her grit and heart keep her afloat on the sea of the challenges that have traditionally stifled the fight for women's rights in rural India.
Internationally acclaimed director Kim Longinotto studied camera and directing at England's National Film School (NFS), where she made Pride of Place, a critical look at her boarding school, and Theatre Girls, documenting a hostel for homeless women. After the NFS she worked as the cameraperson on a variety of documentaries for TV including Cross and Passion, an account of Catholic women in Belfast, and Underage, a chronicle of unemployed adolescents in Coventry. One of the pre-eminent documentary filmmakers working today, Longinotto is renowned for creating extraordinary human portraits and tackling controversial topics with sensitivity and compassion. Longinotto's films have won international acclaim and dozens of premiere awards at festivals worldwide.