“A girl’s life is cruel…A woman’s life is very cruel,” notes Sampat Pal, the complex protagonist at the center of Pink Saris. 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, many of whom find their way to her doorstep. Pink Saris is an unflinching and often amusing look at these unlikely political activists and their charismatic leader.
Internationally acclaimed director Kim Longinotto is one of the pre-eminent documentary filmmakers working today, renowned for creating extraordinary human portraits and tackling controversial topics with sensitivity and compassion. In 1986, Longinotto formed the production company Vixen Films. More recent films include the highly acclaimed Sisters in Law, about female justices in Kumba, Cameroon, and Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go, about troubled children in an English boarding school. They have been part of the program of The Documentary of the Month in previous editions.