By Rajathi Salma, Kim Longinotto
During this ebook the Indian poet Salma and filmmaker Kim Longinotto come jointly to painting Salma’s notable existence and the demanding situations of shooting it in a documentary film.
When Salma, a tender Muslim lady transforming into up in a South Indian village, used to be thirteen years previous, her kin close her away for 8 years, forbidding her to review and forcing her into marriage. After her marriage ceremony her husband insisted she remain interior. Salma used to be not able to enterprise open air for almost and a part a long time. in the course of that point, phrases grew to become her salvation. She all started covertly composing poems on scraps of paper, and, via an tricky process, smuggled them to the surface world.
The poems, lots of that are incorporated the following, describe the hardships Salma and numerous girls like her undergo of their secluded lives. finally they reached an area writer who revealed them. opposed to all odds, and in an immediate problem to the stultifying traditions of her village, Salma has long gone directly to develop into a well known Tamil poet and influential human rights activist.
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The windows were all bricked up and even the roof had a high wall around it, taller than a person. The lack of windows meant that the Salma’s Tamil publisher, Kannan Sundram, in his office 52 house was very dark. Because there are so many power-cuts, it was 53 F i L M i n g salma Kim Longinotto hard for the little girl who lived there to do her homework. It was Chennai and comes to stay at the house every month or so. We like being in a big cell. We got closer and closer to the horror of it were filming him sitting there chatting with Najima and Salma all.
In the film, you see be slipping back into the past. This adjustment was necessary her sitting where she used to perch for nine years, next to for her: otherwise her life would be impossible there. She didn’t the small barred window that looks out on a blank wall in the want to disappoint the people she loved and who loved her. She street. I sensed her memories flooding back. She had sat there couldn’t just be herself: she had to play her part in a community for such a long time, just looking, with nothing else to do.
I told them that if they’d tell me who tape. ” I was furious. their parents were, I’d be able to talk to them properly. They I told my brother in law: “No, I was simply talking to them. We laughed and identified themselves by their father’s name. ” He made me confirm this several times we returned home. before he hung up. I felt angry all that day. We hadn’t filmed 82 83 B e i n g F i lm e d S alma the girls, but even if we had, they were completely hidden from Minor matters, generally related to family arguments, view by the way they were dressed.