When Salma, a young Muslim girl in a South Indian village, was 13 years old, her family locked her up for 25 years, forbidding her to study and forcing her into marriage. During that time, words were Salma's salvation. She began covertly composing poems on scraps of paper and, through an intricate system, was able to sneak them out of the house, eventually getting them into the hands of a publisher. Against the odds, Salma became the most famous Tamil poet: The first step to discovering her own freedom and challenging the traditions and code of conduct in her village.
As with her other work (Pink Saris, Rough Aunties), master documentarian Kim Longinotto trains her camera on an iconoclastic woman. Salma's story is one of courage and resilience, and Longinotto follows her on an eye-opening trip back to her village.
Actors Yaksha Bhatt, Anjana Menon and Sara Kumar from Shunya Theater will read selected poems by Salma. Guests will also enjoy complimentary beer courtesy of Saint Arnold Brewing Company.
800 Aurora St.
$10 general public; free for 14 Pews members.
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