Sheffield Doc/Fest which took place from 3 to 7 November 2010 in Sheffield, UK rewards many docs during its BT Vision Doc/Fest Awards Ceremony on 5 November. Among them, “Pink Saris”, a british-indian coproduction which received the Special Jury Award and Sheffield Inspiration Award.
The UK Doc fest honored Kim Longinotto with the Inspiration Award, “an award given to an industry figure that has done immense positive work for the documentary industry”. A jury led by indieWIRE‘s former Editor-in-Chief Eugene Hernandez gave the fest’s special jury award to Longinotto’s in-competition film “Pink Saris,” “the powerful story of an Indian woman whose organization, the Gulabi Gang (the Pink Gang), helps out women who feel abandoned by their families, communities, or society-at-large”. “Pink Saris” has been directed by Indian Kim Longinotto and produced by Girja Shanker Vohra and Amber Latif.
Strong women story
“A girls life is cruel…A woman’s life is very cruel”, notes Sampat Pal, the complex protagonist at the centre of Kim Longinotto’s latest foray into the lives of exceptional women. Sampat Pal should know: like many others she was married as a young girl into a family which made her work hard and beat her often. But, unusually, she fought back, leaving her in-laws and eventually becoming famous as a champion for beleaguered women throughout Uttar Pradesh who are desperate to escape lives blighted by abuse, and a caste system still very much in evidence. In extraordinary scenes, we watch her launch herself into the centre of family dramas, witnessed by scores of spectators, convinced her mediation is the best path for these vulnerable girls. Her partner Babuji, who has watched Sampat Pal change over the years, is less certain… (Sheffield Doc/Fest website).
“This isn’t so much a film about women’s empowerment as it is about the enormity of the challenges anyone fighting for women’s rights in rural India will face.” (David D’Arcy, Screen Daily).
About “Pink Saris”
United Kingdom, India
Hindi with English Subtitles
Official Website: www.wmm.com/
Festivals: Toronto International Film Festival 2010, London Film Festival 2010, Valladolid 2010, IDFA 2010, CPH:DOX 2010, Films from the South Norway 2010
“Best Documentary” in the prestigious Abu Dhabi International Film Festival’s Documentary Competition
Editor: Ollie Huddleston
Executive Producer: Hamish Mykura, Amber Ronowicz, Ed Stobart
Sound Recordist: Girja Shanker Vohra
Translator: Amber Latif
2008, Rough Aunties
2007, Hold me Tight, let me Go
2005, Sisters In law
2003, The Day I Will Never Forget
1998, Divorce Iranian Style
Film trailer on Youtube
A new award for “Last Train Home”
During Sheffield Doc/Fest, another Asian doc was rewarded. “Last Train Home” was the main winner of the 4th Annual Cinema Eye Honors Doc Awards. Lixin Fan’s “Last Train Home” led the nominations for the 2011 Cinema Eye Honors, which were announced at the Sheffield Doc/Fest in the UK by filmmakers Havana Marking (“Afghan Star”), Kim Longinotto (“Pink Saris”) and Cinema Eye Co-chair AJ Schnack (“Convention”). Recognizing excellence in artistic achievements in nonfiction filmmaking, Cinema Eye Honors hands out awards in eleven categories.