Pink Saris, screening at the Little Theatre

Pink Saris, screening at the Little Theatre

Sun, 03/24/2013 - 7:00pm

Pink Saris chronicles one survivor’s fight for women’s rights in rural India.

Pink Saris, screening at the Little Theatre on Sunday, March 24 at 7 p.m. as part of the Women & Power: Women's History Film Series, follows Sampat Pal, the leader of the Gulabi Gang (aka the Pink Gang), a vigilante group of women in Northern India distinguished by their distinctive bright pink saris. The film will be followed by a panel discussion with Anthony Carter Ph.D., Chair of the Committee on Demography and Anthropology of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population at the University of Rochester; Ayala Emmett, Ph.D., Professor in Anthropology from the University of Rochester, and Barbara LeSavoy, PhD, Director and faculty of Women and Gender Studies (WMS) at The College at Brockport.

More about the film:
A girl’s life is cruel...A woman’s life is very cruel,” notes Sampat Pal, the complex protagonist at the center of PINK SARIS, internationally acclaimed director Kim Longinotto’s latest foray into the lives of extraordinary women (SISTERS IN LAW, DIVORCE IRANIAN STYLE, ROUGH AUNTIES). Sampat should know – like many others she was married as a young girl into a family which made her work hard and beat her often. But unusually, she fought back, leaving her in-laws and eventually becoming famous as a champion for beleaguered women throughout Uttar Pradesh, many of whom find their way to her doorstep. Like Rekha, a fourteen year old Untouchable, who is three months pregnant and homeless – unable to marry her unborn child’s father because of her low caste. Fifteen year old Renu's husband from an arranged marriage has abandoned her, her father-in-law has been raping her and she's threatening to throw herself under a train. Both young women, frightened and desperate, reach out for their only hope: Sampat Pal and her Gulabi Gang, Northern India’s women vigilantes in pink.

Pink Saris is an unflinching and often amusing look at these unlikely political activists and their charismatic leader; in extraordinary scenes, we watch Sampat launch herself into the centre of family dramas, witnessed by scores of spectators, convinced her mediation is the best path for these vulnerable girls. Her partner Babuji, who has watched Sampat change over the years, is less certain.

The Little Theatre, WXXI, and The Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies present ten films in honor of Women’s History Month. The Women & Power: Women’s History Film Series is supported by a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities.

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