Leave the website
 

Pink Saris: Documentary Film Review

Pink Saris is a documentary film about the extraordinary and outspoken activist Samoat Pal who founded the gulabis, otherwise known as the pink gang. Dedicating her life to fighting social injustice, and helping young lower caste women in rural India, accompanied by her accordingly attired followers, Pal confronts communities, facing up to people who have abused women and valued their lives as worthless, posing questions on subjects that are either avoided or routinely ignored.

Directed by Kim Longinotto, the film is aesthetically interesting giving the audience a multifaceted insight into abuse, injustice and responsibility.  As the film runs its course Longinotto allows the contradictions within Pal’s character to become apparent. Relishing the limelight, her declaration “I am a messiah for women”, is a statement in definite contradiction to her overarching quest to emancipate women by breaking the shackles of custom and tradition.

Born into a low caste, married as a child and abused by her in-laws, Pal fled the family home plunging herself into a period of extreme poverty and isolation. Experience and approach gives weight to her activism, asking a man who had routinely raped and abused his daughter-in-law, “do you know what domestic violence is?” she gives language to traditionally unspoken abuses. This language thus facilitates a shift in consciousness, inspires discussion and forces people to acknowledge responsibility.

Pink Saris will be screened at the Filmhouse in Edinburgh as part of the Scottish Women’s Aid 35th anniversary events at 18:00 Sunday 23rd October.

Author: Diane Prayle

 
 

Twitter


Facebook

Latest News

Good practice of promoting gender equality in the early years needed

MoreApril 10, 2018

Scottish Women's Sector response to the consultation on proposed changes to the Gender Recognition Act

MoreMarch 14, 2018

Latest Blog

A Feminist Campaign

MoreApril 9, 2018

Spotlight on Scottish Media: Language matters

MoreMarch 30, 2018