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'Gulabi Gang' documentary to be screened at New York India film festival

Apr 11, 2014 16:48 IST

Gulabi GangA documentary entitled Gulabi Gang will be screened at the 14th New York Indian Film Festival. The documentary is based on the life of an activist Sampat Devi.

The film festival will be held from 5 May to 10 May 2014. During the film festival, overall thirty-four (23 narrative, 11 documentary) award-wining and critically-acclaimed movies from South Asia including films from Pakistan and Sri Lanka will be screened.

Films of south Asia to be screened in the festival includes
• Four from Pakistan
• Two from Sri Lanka
•One from Nepal  

About Gulabi Gang

Gulabi gang is directed by Nishtha Jain and is based on the life of a pal, a child bride and former government health worker. The story narrates about a gang of pink-clad women in 2006, which works for the rights of women in Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.

Initially the Gulabi Gang was formed with an intention to punish oppressive husbands, fathers and brothers, and combat domestic violence and desertion. The members of the gang would accost male offenders and prevail upon them to see reason. The more serious offenders were publicly shamed when they refused to listen or relent. Sometimes the women resorted to their lathis, if the men resorted to use of force.

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