Produced and directed by Kim Longinotto, Salma will screen in the documentary section at the San Francisco International Film Festival. The 56th edition of the festival will be held from April 25 –May 9, 2013.
An India – UK production, the film narrates the story of Salma, a Muslim girl in a South-Indian village who is locked up by her family for 25 years; not allowed to study and forced into a marriage. She covertly takes up composing poems on scraps of paper. Eventually she escapes and lands up in the hands of a publisher. Salma becomes a celebrated Tamil poet, discovering her own freedom and challenging the traditions and code of conduct in her village.
The documentary made its World Premiere at the Sundance Film Festival 2013 and bagged the second place in Panorama Audience awards at Berlinale 2013. The film was also screened at the Documentary Edge Film Festival 2013 in New Zealand and the Canadian International Documentary Film Festival – HotDocs in April 2013.