Set in the crowded by-lanes of small town India, Lipstick Under My Burkha chronicles the secret lives of four women in search of a little freedom. Though stifled and trapped in their worlds, these four women claim their desires through small acts of courage and stealthy rebellion.
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Lipstick Under My Burkha
(2016) was screened worldwide at different Film Festivals and was appreciated at each one of them. Europe Premiere - Stockholm International Film Festival (Spotlight Section) Estonia Premiere - POFF Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, Estonia Africa Premiere - Cairo International Film Festival (Festival of Festivals Section) UK Premiere - Glasgow International Film Festival (Winner, Audience Award Best Film) North America Premiere - Miami International Film Festival France Premiere - Films des Femmes Creteil, Paris (Winner, Grand Jury Prize, Best Feature Film) London Premiere - London Asian Film Festival (Winner, Best Film and Winner, Standout Performance, Ratna Pathak Shah
) Edinburgh Premiere - Edinburgh Asian Film Festival Leicester Premiere - Leicester Asian Film Festival Rotterdam Premiere - CinemAsia Rotterdam Ohio Premiere - Cleveland International Film Festival (Nominated, Best Female Director) Dallas Premiere - Dallas International Film Festival Greece Premiere - Greek National film Archive, Special screening of Women's Films: Tribute to Women Hawaii Premiere - Hawaii International Film Festival (Spring Showcase) New York Premiere - New York Indian Film Festival ( Opening Film and Winner, Best Actress Konkona Sen Sharma
Los Angeles (2nd LA screening) - LA Asia Pacific Film Festival Washington Premiere - Washington International Film Festival (Nominated, Best International Feature) Minnesota Premiere - St. Paul's international Film Festival, Minneapolis Austin Premiere - Indie Meme Film Festival Canada Premiere - Toronto IFFSA Ottawa Premiere - Ottawa Indian Film Festival (Winner, Best Actor for Ratna Pathak Shah
) Swiss Premiere - Festival of Five Continents (Nominated, Best Feature) Korea Premiere- Seoul Women's International Film Festival German Premiere - International Film Festival Emden-Nordenrey China Premiere - Shanghai International Film Festival Bradford Premiere - Bradford Literature Festival See more
There's no end to rules in a girls life. Don't sing, don't dance, you'll shame us. Don't walk like that, people will stare. Keep your eyes down, what will people say? Don't breathe, your heaving chest will attract attention! Don't wear lipstick, you'll have an affair! Don't wear jeans, you'll create a scandal! I want to ask the authorities, what exactly will happen? Why does our freedom scare you so?
Le Li Jaan
Performed by Zebunnisa Bangash See more