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Salma: Filming a Poet in Her Village

If you liked the film, you can read more about Rajathi Salma's life in a new book,
Salma: Filming a Poet in Her Village. Salma tells her life story in her own words, and filmmaker Kim Longinotto writes about her experience of making the documentary. Peppered throughouth the text are Salma's family photographs and her poems - on topics such as claustrophobia, female genital mutilation, and motherhood - some of which appear in English translation for the first time. 
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Since our beginnings in 1972, WMM has grown from a feminist filmmakers' collective into an industry-leading nonprofit media arts organization and distributor. For 40 years, WMM has transformed the landscape of filmmaking for women directors and producers, bringing the issues facing women around the world to screens everywhere. Now, with more than 550 films in our catalog, including Academy®, Emmy®, Peabody and Sundance nominees and award winners, WMM is the largest distributor of films by independent women directors in the world. In the last five years, dozens of WMM films have been broadcast on PBS, HBO and the Sundance Channel, among others. 


Independent publishing company OR Books has just released SALMA: FILMING A POET IN HER VILLAGE, a unique literary project by Tamil poet Rajathi Salma and acclaimed documentarian Kim Longinotto! The book, which features personal anecdotes, production notes and original poetry, is the perfect companion to WMM's award-winning SALMA.


Kim Longinotto's latest feature, SALMA, premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and went on to successful screenings at Berlin International Film Festival and Hot Docs. As with her previous work (PINK SARISROUGH AUNTIESSISTERS IN LAW), master documentarian Kim Longinotto trains her camera on another iconoclastic woman. When Salma, a young Muslim girl in a south Indian village, was 13 years old, her family began holding her captive, forbidding her to study and forcing her into marriage. For the following 25 years, words were Salma's only salvation. She began covertly composing poems on scraps of paper and, through an intricate system, was able to sneak them out of the house and into the hands of a publisher. Against all odds, Salma became the most famous Tamil poet, inciting her own freedom and challenging the traditional code of conduct in her village. Read more.


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Reading Companions: Books on Women Make Movies Films!

As the outspoken leader of India's Gulabi Gang, Sampat Pal has made it her life's mission to protect abused young women. Purchase Kim Longinotto's film PINK SARIS and read more in Pink Sari Revolution from author Amana Fontanella-Khan.


More than any other female artist, Ulrike Ottinger enriched the modern cinematic landscape with her surreal, original and extreme films. WMM is proud to offer several of her most groundbreaking films, including new releases THE KOREAN WEDDING CHEST and UNDER SNOW, as a perfect companion to Ulrike Ottinger: The Autobiography of Art Cinema by Laurence A. Rickels.


NIGHT PASSAGE, by acclaimed experimental filmmakers Trinh T. Minh-ha and Jean-Paul Bourdier, tells the story of three young friends traveling for a brief moment together on the train between life and death. This provocative tale is ideal to watch alongside D-Passage: The Digital Way.

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