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Pink Saris

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Pink Saris

Synopsis

'A girl's life is cruel - A woman's life is very cruel', notes Sampat Pal, the complex protagonist at the centre of Kim Longinotto’s latest foray into the lives of extraordinary women.
 
Sampat Pal should know, like many others she was married as a young girl into a family which 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. 
 
Rekha, a 14 year-old untouchable, is three months pregnant and homeless unable to marry her unborn child's father because of her low caste. Fifteen year-old Renu's husband from an arranged marriage has abandoned her and she's threatening to throw herself under a train. Both desperate young women, reach out for their only hope - Sampat Pal.
 
Pink Saris is an unflinching and often amusing look at these unlikely political activists and their charismatic leader.  In extraordinary scenes, we watch her launch herself into the centre of family dramas, convinced her mediation is the best path for these vulnerable girls.  Her partner Babuji, who has watched Sampat Pal change over the years, is less certain.

Details

Year
2010
Type of film
Features
Running Time
97 mins
Format
HDCAM 1080/50i
Director
Kim Longinotto
Producer
Ed Stobart, Hamish Mykura
Editor
Ollie Huddleston
Director of Photography
Kim Longinotto
Sound
Girjashanker Vohra
Music
Midival Punditz
Principal Cast
Sampat Pal, Niranjan Pal, Renu Devi Paswan, Rekha Paswan

Production Company

Vixen Films
26 Balfour Road
London
N5 2HE
UK
Tel: +44 (0)20 7359 7368
jw@wmm.com
dz@wmm.com

Sales
Company

Debra Zimmerman
Women Make Movies
462 Broadway
Suite 504
New York
NY 10013
USA
Tel +1 212 925 0606 ext 301