Pink Saris

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English (subtitled), 96 min, 2010, UK

Sampat Pal, an illiterate, low-caste woman, set up the Gulabi Gang because of all the injustice and helplessness she'd experienced in her life. When 12, she was sent to a remote village to marry and was bullied by her in-laws. She rebelled against the stringent village rules and ended up on the streets with five young children.
 
Setting up the Gulabi Gang was her act of inspired desperation. Hundreds of women, all dressed in bright fuchsia saris, would gather to make a corrupt policeman enforce the law or to challenge a violent husband. Sampat, the 'Commander in Chief' of this group, is now famous throughout Uttar Pradesh. She doesn't need to summon the Gulabi Gang anymore, she can often use her own notoriety to get results. In fact, Sampat is moving on to another stage in her life. Her struggles are now about what she will become.
 
At the heart of 'Pink Saris' are the four young women who we meet when they come to Sampat for help. They are all at a great crisis in their lives and see Sampat as their last hope. We watch their stories unfold; we know they are stories which are being played out countless times across India.

 
Producer:
Vixen Films
 
Creative Crew
Camera:
Kim Longinotto
Editing:
Ollie Huddleston
Sound:
Girjashanker Vohra
Music:
Midival Punditz
 
Awards and Screenings:

 
Al Jazeera Golden Award (Long Films), 7th Al Jazeera International Documentary Film Festival, Doha, 2011
Humanitarian Award for Outstanding Documentary, Hong Kong International Film Festival, 2011
Special Jury Mention and Students’ Jury Award, 8th Docudays UA – International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, Kyiv, Russia, 2011
Honorable mention from the Jury, Sguardi Altrove Film Festival, Italy
Best Documentary, Abu Dhabi Film Festival, U.A.E
The Special Jury Award, Sheffield Documentary Film Festival, UK
Best Documentary Amnesty Award, CPH DOX, Copenhagen
Nominated for Grierson Award, London Film Festival, UK
 
Selected Screenings:
Persistence Resistance 2011, India
IDFA, Holland
Valladolid, Spain
Films From The South, Norway
Toronto International Film Festival, Canada
Vancouver Film Festival, Canada
Watch Docs Human Rights Film Festival, Warsaw, Poland
DocsDF, Mexico City, Mexico
Denver Film Festival, USA
Brisbane Film Festival, Australia
NYC DOC Film Festival, New York, USA
Viennale, Austria
Goa International Film Festival, India
Cinema Verite Film Festival, Tehran, Iran
Africa International Film Festival, Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Docpoint, Helsinki, Finland
AFI Film Festival, Los Angeles, USA
Hong Kong International Film Festival
Encuentros del Otro Cine,  Quito, Ecuador
Gothenburg Film Festival, Sweden
Agadir Film Festival, Morocco
Dox Box Film Festival, Damascus, Syria
Women’s Film Festival, Seoul,  Korea
This Human World Film Festival, Vienna, Austria
Vermont International Film Festival, USA
RIDM, Montreal, Canada
Gijon Film Festival, Spain
New Zealand Film Festival, Auckland, Wellington & Christchurch NZ
Sydney Film Festival, Australia
Melbourne Film Festival, Australia
Black Movie Film Festival, Geneva, Switzerland
SURDOCS, Puerto Varas, Chile
SEE Festival, Brighton, UK
Adelaide Film Festival, Australia
Chennai Film Festival, India