Indian film makes it to Festival

An Indian film that narrates the plight of a young woman born and raised in a conservative family will make its appearance at the New Zealand International Documentary Festival this month in Auckland and in Wellington in May.

‘Salma,’ is the story of a young woman from South India, who is held prisoner in her own home by her parents, who believe that all girls reaching puberty should be locked safely in a room.

Female rebel

A joint UK-India 2013 production, ‘Salma’ portrays the vicissitudes of many women all over the world. The film, shown at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, is stated to be a remarkable story of a woman who defies her village to become a legendary activist, politician and poet.

Shot by award winner Kim Longinotto, ‘Salma’ charts the transformation of a frightened, isolated girl into an unlikely hero.

Stated to be Australasia’s biggest and most prolific documentary festival, this year’s bouquet includes music-based documentaries, spotlight programmes on American dream and sports and other themes.

Other films

Among the Festival offerings are ‘Unraveled’ (USA, 2011), ‘How to Survive a Plague’ (USA, 2012), ‘The Russian Winter’ (USA, 2012) and ‘Her Master’s Voice’ (UK/USA, 2012).

The Festival will be held at Q Theatre (Queen Street) in Auckland from April 11 to 21 and at Reading Cinemas Courtney and The Film Archive in Wellington from May 9 to 19, 2013.

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