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Published on Jan 16, 2013
Documentary by Kim Longinotto, 2013, UK/India, 90'
The remarkable story of a woman who defies her village to become the legendary activist, politician and poet SALMA.
When Salma reached puberty, her parents locked her away from the world. She spent nine years trapped in one small room. Millions of young girls endure the same sort of fate, but Salma refused to let the long years of imprisonment break her spirit. Using hoarded scrap paper, she managed to smuggle out poems that expressed her hidden anger and pain. The poems scandalized her community but inspired readers all over South India. Twenty-five years later, Salma's brave defiance is a rare beacon of hope.
Like an unfolding detective story, this moving, passionate film charts the transformation of a frightened, isolated young girl into an unlikely hero.