Year: 2013
Run Time: 90 minutes

This groundbreaking film is a story of triumph over such unimaginable adversity that it will take your breath away. SALMA is a Tamil Muslim woman who was forced to leave school, then locked up by her family for 25 years. Through dogged persistence, she defied her village to become the most famous female poet in South India. Salma and her female relatives speak candidly with the filmmakers about their fates. When girls in this culture reach puberty, they lose contact with the outside world. Some hide their periods in an effort to stay free longer; at 14, Salma was shut up in a basement with bars on the windows. Forced to marry a village man who forbade her to write, she took bits of the calendar and wrote in the toilet. Her breakthrough came after she smuggled poems out with saris in the laundry. SALMA is a window onto the everyday injustices that sentence so many women. – B.B.

Kim Longinotto

Kim Longinotto

Ollie Huddleston

Kim Longinotto

Ollie Huddleston

Director Bio
Kim Longinotto studied camera and directing at England's National Film School. She is well-known for making films that highlight the plight of female victims of oppression or discrimination.

Select Filmography
"Pride of Place" (1976), "Theatre Girls" (1978), "Eat the Kimono" (1989), "Hidden Faces" (1990), "The Good Wife of Tokyo" (1992), "Dream Girls" (1993), "Shinjuku Boys" (1995), "Divorce Iranian Style" (1998) – 23rd CIFF, "Gaea Girls" (2000), "Runaway" (2001), "The Day I Will Never Forget" (2002), "Sisters in Law" (2005), "Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go" (2007), "Rough Aunties" (2009), "Pink Saris" (2010), SALMA (2013)

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National Organization For Women

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