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Pink Saris
A film by Kim Longinotto
UK/India, 2010, 96 minutes, Color, DVD, Hindi, Subtitled
Order No. W101009
“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...


Sheffield Doc Fest, Special Jury Prize
Abu Dhabi Int'l Film Festival, Best Documentary
CPH:DOX, Amnesty Award
Nominated as a 2011 ALA “Notable Video for Adults”
British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), 2011 Nomination, Best Single Documentary
Prix Europa 2011 Award Nomination
Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2011, Best Documentary Feature Film, High Commendation
One World Film Festival Kyrgyzstan IFF, Special Jury Prize
Airtel Jaipur International Film Festival, Winner, Yellow Rose Award
Mumbai International Film Festival, Winner, Golden Conch for Best Documentary Film above 40 Minutes Duration

  • Sguardi Altrove Film Festival, Honorable Mention
  • Hong Kong International Film Festival, Winner, Humanitarian Award for Outstanding Documentary
  • Al-Jazeera Film Festival 2011, Winner, Al Jazeera Golden Award for Long Films
  • UNAFF - United Nations Association Film Festival
  • Message 2 Man International Film Festival, Jury Diploma
  • Reykjavik Shorts&Docs Festival
  • Off Plus Camera, Poland
  • Toronto International Film Festival
  • International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA)
  • Vancouver Intl Film Fest
  • Vermont Int’l Film Fest
  • AFI/Los Angeles Film Fest
  • Doc NYC
  • Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal (RIDM)
  • London Film Festival
  • Valladolid, Spain
  • Films From The South, Norway
  • WATCH DOCS Human Rights Film Fest, Warsaw
  • Brisbane Film Fest, Australia
  • Viennale, Austria
  • Goa Int’l Film Fest, India
  • Cinema Verite Film Fest, Tehran
  • Africa Int’l Film Fest, Nigeria
  • Docpoint, Helsinki
  • Hong Kong Int’l Film Fest
  • Encuentros del Otro Cine, Ecuador
  • Gothenburg Film Fest, Sweden
  • Agadir Film Fest, Morocco
  • Dox Box Film Fest, Syria
  • Glasgow Film Fest, Scotland
  • Women's Film Fest, Seoul
  • This Human World Film Fest, Vienna

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    “The beauty of sitting down to watch a new Kim Longinotto film is that even if you don’t have any idea what it’s about, you can trust that it’s going to deliver. Her latest, PINK SARIS, is no exception.”
    Hammer to Nail

    “PINK SARIS is easily one of the most interesting, relevant and fascinating documentaries I have ever seen.”
    London Film Festival

    “Complex and compelling.”
    Eye on Film

    “[Longinotto’s] most dramatic film since the remarkably explosive DIVORCE IRANIAN STYLE.”
    Screen Daily

    “Highly Recommended.”
    Educational Media Reviews Online

    “…a remarkably honest and urgent film, and Sampat is an unforgettable character. …Suitable for some mature high school classes and for college courses in cultural anthropology, anthropology of women/gender, anthropology of violence, and South Asian/Indian studies, as well as general audiences.”
    David Eller
    Anthropology Review Database

    “Perhaps the personal details that [Pal] literally screams into the street are meant to make verbal abuse, beatings, and rapes harder to cover up. By making her cases so public, she charges the entire community with responsibility for ending these abuses.”
    Bitch Magazine

    "Kim Longinotto's work (Sisters in Law, Divorce Iranian Style, Rough Aunties) is well-situated in a rubric of third-world feminism..."
    Bryce Renninger
    Films for the Feminist Classroom

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