Reel to Real: Gulabi Gang
July 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm| £2 - £4
Gulabi Gang | Nishtha Jain | 2012 | 96 mins | 12
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.
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Reel to Real is the Stove’s ongoing film programme, screening topical and issue based films and documentaries exploring current issues such as activism, ethical consumerism, and land issues, both locally and internationally.