Between the Lines Follow-Up Event: Salma + Q&A
This is an external event taking place at Rich Mix. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Kim Longinotto’s long-term editor Ollie Huddleston.
Growing up in South India, Salma’s parents took her out of school at the age of 13 and locked her away in a room with a single window. After 9 years she gave in to pressure to agree to an arranged marriage and was released from her house arrest into another kind of prison, in the home of her new husband’s family.
Throughout her desperate years of confinement, Salma poured out her anguish writing poetry which she sneaked out of the house, eventually getting a notebook into the hands of an enthusiastic publisher. Against the odds, Salma became one of the best known Tamil poets and her newfound fame helped her start on the path to freedom.
Following Salma on a trip back to her village, renowned British director Kim Longinotto (Divorce Iranian Style, 1998; Sisters in Law, 2005; Rough Aunties, 2008) paints a nuanced portrait of an extraordinary, resilient woman. Salma has hopes for a different life for the next generation of girls, but as she witnesses, familial ties run deep, and change happens very slowly.
Directed by Kim Longinotto
Between the Lines was a three-day festival that took place at Rich Mix from 1 to 3 March. In a series of follow up events we continue to explore the challenges facing documentary makers, investigative journalists and citizen reporters in the new media landscape.