Gulabi Gang

Synopsis


Enter the badlands of Bundelkhand in central India and you have entered a place of desolation, dust and despair. And yet it is hope that we discover as we follow the pink sari-clad women of Gulabi Gang. These women travel long distances by cart and tractor, bus and train, to wrest justice for women and Dalits, undeterred by sneering policemen and condescending bureaucrats.

Sampat Pal, their leader, is a rough-and-tough woman with a commanding personality. Despite her lack of education she has evolved her own brand of feminism and egalitarian politics. Her strength lies in her words. She is constantly on the move – today investigating a young woman’s suspicious death, tomorrow protesting against a corrupt official.

The gang encounters resistance everywhere – whole villages connive in protecting the perpetrators of violence. As the film pulls us into the centre of these blazing conflicts, it uncovers a complex story, disturbing yet heartening.

Credits


Director:
Nishtha Jain

Producer:
Torstein Grude

Editor:
Arjun Gourisaria

Original Music:
Peter Scartabello

Written by:
Nishtha Jain and Torstein Grude

DOP:
Rakesh Haridas

Cast


Sampat Pal Devi
Jayprakash Shivhare
Hemlata Patel
Usha Patel
Suman Singh Chauhan
Husna Jahan
Pervati
Raja Bai
Matti
Chandrakali and other members of Gulabi Gang

Production details


Original title
Gulabi Gang

Year
2012

Length
107 min, 96 min, 58 min

Language
Hindi

Subtitles
English

Format
DCP, HDCam, BetaCam, Blu-ray, DVD

Production company
Piraya Film. Co-production: Raintree Films and Final Cut for Real

Production country
Norway, India, Denmark

Sales/Distribution
International Sales and Norwegian distribution: Kudos Family. Festival Distribution: The Norwegian Film Institute

Website
http://www.gulabi.org/

Awards & Festivals


Awards:

2012 Winner, Documentary Competition, Norwegian Short Film Festival (Golden Chair Award)

2012 Best Film, Muhr AsiaAfrica Documentary section, 9th Dubai International Film Festival, UAE

2013 Amnesty International Award, Planete+ Doc Film Festival, Warzawa, Poland

2013 Amnesty International Best Human Rights Documentary, Tri Continental Film Festival, South Africa

2014 Public Liberty and Human Rights Award, Long Documentary, Aljazeera International Documentary Film Festival, Quatar

2014 National Film Awards, India: Best Editing + Best Film on Social Issues

<Also see the Norwegian Film Institute’s list of festivals and awards for this film


Presskit


Images

Gulabi
Photo by Torstein Grude, Piraya Film

Gulabi Gang
Photo by Torstein Grude, Piraya Film

Marching close
Photo by Torstein Grude, Piraya Film

Marching
Photo by Torstein Grude, Piraya Film

Protest
Photo by Torstein Grude, Piraya Film

Sampat Pal
Photo by Torstein Grude, Piraya Film

Gulabi Gang leader Sampat Pal
Photo by Torstein Grude, Piraya Film

Writer/Producer Torstein Grude and Writer/Director Nishtha Jain
Photo by: Rakesh Haridas

Gulabi_Poster-IDFA_70x100_v103
Gulabi Gang international poster


Other

Gulabi-Gang_Poster_v07 mini
Gulabi Gang horizontal poster



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