DEC. 2: Gulabi Gang - Cinema Politica at the Bloor

WHAT: Toronto premiere screening of Gulabi Gang with director and protagonists in attendance
WHERE: Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, 506 Bloor Street West
WHEN: Tuesday, December 2, 6:15 p.m.
COST: Suggested donation $5-10
SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook event

Join us and Cinema Politica at the Bloor for the Toronto premiere of Gulabi Gang, an impeccably shot film that follows a group of fearless women who fight gender violence in India with great ferocity. Entry by donation. Director Nishtha Jain will be in attendance for a post-screening discussion!

This event is co-sponsored by Envisioning Global LGBT Human Rights, York University – Department of Film and Sexuality Studies at York University, and is co-presented with Ontario Punjabi Association (O.P.A.), Ryerson Indian Students’ Association, SAA Ryerson, Filmi Toronto’s South Asian Film Festival, Mosaic International South Asian Film Festival, Mosaic – The South Asian Heritage Festival of Mississauga, Indian Students’ Society (ISS) – University of Toronto, Association for India’s Development [AID UofT], Shameless magazine, cléo, Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, and Point of View Magazine.

Nishtha Jain / Norway – India – Denmark / 2012 / 96 ‘ / Hindi / S.T. English

Enter the badlands of Bundelkhand in central India and you have entered a place of desolation, dust and despair. And yet it is hope that we discover as we follow the pink sari-clad women of Gulabi Gang. These women 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, their leader, is a rough-and-tough woman with a commanding personality. Despite her lack of education she has evolved her own brand of feminism and egalitarian politics. Her strength lies in her words. She is constantly on the move – today investigating a young woman’s suspicious death, tomorrow protesting against a corrupt official.

The gang encounters resistance everywhere – whole villages connive in protecting the perpetrators of violence. As the film pulls us into the centre of these blazing conflicts, it uncovers a complex story, disturbing yet heartening.