In Bundelkhand, India, a revolution is in the making among the poorest of the poor, as the fiery women of the Gulabi Gang empower themselves and take up the fight against gender violence, caste oppression and widespread corruption.
Bundelkhand in central India, a region notorious for its rebels-turned-armed bandits, is witnessing a new kind of rebellion with an unusual cast of characters. These are the pink sari-clad women of the Gulabi Gang, who use words as weapons - demanding their rights, submitting petitions and haranguing corrupt officials. They 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, the group's founder, is a rough-and-tough woman with a commanding personality. Despite being born into a traditional family and married off early, she has evolved her own brand of feminism and egalitarian politics. Constantly on the move, today she may be found investigating the suspicious death of a young woman, tomorrow protesting against a corrupt official. The Gulabi Gang, with a membership of thousands, is active across many districts. Suman Singh, one of the leaders, has made it her ...Written by
Important film, shocking and showing what should've been medieval
Just when you thought you knew that human rights, womens liberation and even corruption was things that was on the right way even in India, comes this Norwegian documentary about the gulabi (pink) gang. A spontaneous womens rights organization organizing the women of the lowest rang in the Indian cast system. It started off after the killing of Sampat Pals daughter, and nows she's organized 150.000 women in standing up for themselves and the ancient believes in faith.
We really can't imagine the courage they have, the women starting to opposing to the violence, the killings and the no-value-treatment of police, husbands, law and government. Several times I had to shed my tears. The people are so poor, they simply don't understand basics in how things are working. The corrupt chiefs and men in the rural villages arrange murders as suicide with so many obvious faults and flaws it's ridiculous. And the police don't lift a finger, because it's just a woman!
The film is exciting, shocking and very sincere. It's depressing and uplifting, and has quite a lot of humor. It will not leave you unmarked. The problems are there. Translasting sentences which obviously are badly spoken in many situations, and there's also some technical faults, but then again this film doesn't have to be perfect, since the content is so strong.
I don't really see how they are going to get out of this if their not helped, not only by this film, but also by the government and the rest of the world. The things happening in India now, concerning woman's rights has to mean something. Still the fear and believes of faith will be so stubborn.
The pity is that they are so poor that none of these even know what a TV is. Some have a mobile phone, and in some years, this will bring them internet. It's so appalling that the world is so ineffective in dealing with human rights that they can't do something about this situation.
I saw this in a quite full cinema on the womens liberation day 8th of March, and the film got a spontaneous and long applause when the credits were shown. What a perfect film to screen on a day like this. I can say that as a man, and supporter of womens liberation. What I can't comprehend is that the cast system can have so many supporters in 2013!
This film is more than any a proof that ignorance is our worst enemy in making the world go forward. Watching the lazy and stupid men here sitting around protecting their rights to do nothing while they torture the 11 year old girls married into their families because of money... I got no word for it! It's pre-medieval, stone age, unbelievably depressing.
An important film. Go see it! Make sure to use this on womens liberation's themed days and arrangements It's perfect as an eye-opener.
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