Salma: Filming a Poet in Her Village by Rajathi Salma, Kim Longinotto

By Rajathi Salma, Kim Longinotto

During this publication the Indian poet Salma and filmmaker Kim Longinotto come jointly to painting Salma’s awesome lifestyles and the demanding situations of taking pictures it in a documentary film.

When Salma, a tender Muslim lady starting to be up in a South Indian village, used to be thirteen years previous, her kin close her away for 8 years, forbidding her to check and forcing her into marriage. After her marriage ceremony her husband insisted she remain interior. Salma used to be not able to enterprise outdoors for almost and a part many years. in the course of that point, phrases turned her salvation. She all started covertly composing poems on scraps of paper, and, via an difficult process, smuggled them to the surface world.

The poems, a lot of that are incorporated right here, describe the hardships Salma and numerous ladies like her undergo of their secluded lives. ultimately they reached an area writer who revealed them. opposed to all odds, and in a right away problem to the stultifying traditions of her village, Salma has long gone directly to turn into a well known Tamil poet and influential human rights activist.

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