Salma

English (subtitled), 90 min, 2013, UK

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.

 
Producer:
Vixen Films
 
Creative Crew
Camera:
Kim Longinotto
Editing:
Ollie Huddleston
Sound:
Sara Lima
Music:
Samuel Sim
 
Awards and Screenings:

 
Best International Feature, Documentary Edge, New Zealand, 2013
Best International Director, Documentary Edge, New Zealand, 2013
Best Film, 2nd International Human Rights films Festival, Human Screen Festival, Tunis, 2013
Best Documentary, Stuttgart Indian Film Festival, Germany, 2013
German Star of India, Stuttgart Indian FIlm Festival, Germany, 2013
Peace Film Award, 28th Independent FilmFest Osnabrück, Germany, 2013
Nominated for Best Documentary on a Contemporary Theme - International, Grierson Awards, 2013
Nomitated for Prix Europa, 2013
2nd Place Audience Award, Berlinale, 2013
Special mention from the Women Inmates Award, RIDM, Canada, 2013
Honorable Mention, Tempo Film Festival, Sweeden, 2014

Screened at:
Sundance Film Festival
Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival
One World Film Festival, Prague
San Francisco International Film Festival
Documentary Edge Festival
Movies that Matter
Sarasota Film Festival
Seattle International Film Festival
Human Rights Watch Film Festival, NY
Sheffield Film Festival
Human Rights Film Festival, London
Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival
It's All True Film Festival
Cleveland International Film Festival
International Women's Film Festival Seoul
Flying Broom Women's Film Festival
Women's Film Festival Armenia
FEMCINE Chile
Films from the South
Docville Film Festival
Durban International Film Festival
Antenna Film Festival
Costa Rica Film Festival
Dominican Republic Film Festival
Rencontres Internationales de Documentaire de Montreal
Mumbai Film Festival