Reel Asian is proud to co-present the multiple award-winning documentary Gulabi Gang at Cinema Politica on Tuesday December 2. Be sure to catch this impeccably shot film that follows a group of fearless women who fight gender violence in India with great ferocity. Director Nishtha Jain will be in attendance. More information…
Dir. Nishtha Jain (in attendance)
Tuesday December 2, 2014 @ 6:15pm
Bloor Hot Docs Cinema (506 Bloor Street West)
Entrance by donation
SYNOPSIS: Enter the badlands of Bundelkhand in central India and you have entered a place of desolation, dust and despair. And yet it is hope that we discover as we follow the pink sari-clad women of Gulabi Gang. These women travel long distances by cart and tractor, bus and train, to wrest justice for women and Dalits, undeterred by sneering policemen and condescending bureaucrats.
Sampat Pal, their leader, is a rough-and-tough woman with a commanding personality. Despite her lack of education she has evolved her own brand of feminism and egalitarian politics. Her strength lies in her words. She is constantly on the move – today investigating a young woman’s suspicious death, tomorrow protesting against a corrupt official.
The gang encounters resistance everywhere – whole villages connive in protecting the perpetrators of violence. As the film pulls us into the centre of these blazing conflicts, it uncovers a complex story, disturbing yet heartening.