Director: Kim Longinotto | Countries of production: India, United Kingdom | Year: 2013 | Length: 90 min
Language: Tamil with English subtitles | Age: 12+ years

Screened as part of TOAFF13

When Salma, a young Muslim girl in a south Indian village, was 13 years old, her family forbade her to study and eventually forced her into marriage.

Gradually she began covertly composing poems on scraps of paper, and through intricate design, was able to sneak them into the hands of a publisher. Against the odds her poetry took Tamil society by storm: the first step to Salma discovering her freedom and challenging the traditions and conduct in her own village.

In Salma, filmmaker Kim Longinotto tells the story of Salma and her long struggle for freedom, as this extraordinary woman confronts her past.

Kim Longinotto showcased a beautiful and tragic film about Tamil poet Salma. As a film critic… it’s very rare that something can resonate and leave me in an overwrought state of fulfillment like this film did….I was left impassioned; I wanted to know more about this exceptional woman.
Huffington Post

Salma, for all its celebration of a life lived against the grain, has a sweet strain of melancholy that resonates, and suggests the story isn’t over.

Sundance Film Festival 2013, Nominated, Grand Jury Prize
Edge Festival 2013, Winner, Documentary

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Salma Website