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May 16 - June 9, 2013   Start the Festival in style with the SIFF 2013 Opening Night Gala! The evening features the Seattle premiere of Much Ado About Nothing, with director Joss Whedon and cast members Alexis Denisof, Amy Acker, Nathan Fillion, and Clark Gregg scheduled to attend.

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Salma

When Salma, a young aspiring poet in South India, reached puberty, her parents locked her away. Twenty-five years later, Salma has fought her way back to the outside world in this beautiful, poignant, and powerful portrait of women in India.

Schedule
May 26, 2013
Sunday
4:00 PM AMC Pacific Place 11 Date has passed
May 29, 2013
Wednesday
9:00 PM SIFF Cinema Uptown Date has passed

A Muslim Tamil girl is locked away at home by her family. She's not the only one. This tradition follows a strict, though unwritten code of keeping pubescent girls from school or leaving their house. Yet this specific shut-in is a poet and writing is Salma's solace, even if she had to hide her words. Salma talks about life indoors, reading, writing, and sharing a tiny window with her sister where they watched their small slice of world. Not wanting to get married, her family arranged her marriage anyway and even then she was not allowed to go out. But nothing could keep Salma from writing, and as her poems are smuggled out and published, she ultimately becomes a famous Tamil poet, reluctant politician, and a voice for human rights. In director Kim Longinotto's subtly told story of quiet defiance, Salma emerges as a determined person who gives voice to her story. Longinotto studied camera and directing at England's National Film School, and her award-winning work is known and acclaimed internationally. Her many films are sharp portraits of women's lives and cultural customs, and her vision of Salma proves that you can lock an artist up, but not shut them up.

Director Biography
Kim Longinotto was born in London and studied camera and directing at England's National Film School. Her documentaries mainly focus on the struggles and cultural oppression of women all over the world. Salma is Longinotto’s 18th feature film and her second film set in India.

Sponsored in part by Delta Air Lines

Director: Kim Longinotto
Country: United Kingdom, India
Year: 2013
Running Time: 89 minutes
Producer: Kim Longinotto
Screenplay: Ollie Huddleston
Cinematographers: Kim Longinotto
Editors: Ollie Huddleston
Music: Samuel Sim
Website: Women Make Movies: Salma
Filmography: Rough Aunties (2009); Hold Me Tight Let Me Go (2007); Sisters in Law (2005); The Day I Will Never Forget (2003); Runaway (2001); Gaea Girls (2000); Divorce Iranian Style (1998); Shinjuku Boys (1995); Dream Girls (1993); The Good Wife of Tokyo (1992); Hidden Faces (1990); Eat the Kimono (1989)
Language: Tamil
Subtitles: Yes
Format: HDCAM
US Distributor: Women Make Movies
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