Poetry Reading | Film Screening | Conversation SALMA Kim Longinotto (Dir.) / Tamil with English subtitles / 2013 / 90 mins Tuesday 15 October / India Habitat Centre For more info and pictures: www.lilafoundation.in/2013/10/20/salma-inspiring-minds-tongues-poetry/ Synopsis: Born into a conservative Muslim family in Tamil Nadu's Thuruvankuruchi village in 1968, the life of Rokkaih, alias Rajathi, was ordinary till she was 13. Barred from going to school, and house arrested, the girl began to write poetry and publish under the pseudonym Salma. Married at 20, and thrown into a life of near total subjugation, she slowly took charge of her existence. Today, she is one of the most well known writers in the country, and a recognized political figure in her state. From a school dropout to becoming the chairperson of the Social Welfare Board of Tamil Nadu, and being one of the most widely translated, widely travelled poet of our times, Salma captures the moving saga of the extraordinary life of an Indian woman. Awards: Best International Feature, Documentary Edge Film Festival, New Zealand Best International Director, Documentary Edge Film Festival, New Zealand Second Best Film, Audience Award, Berlinale Film Festival, Germany German Star Of India: Best Documentary, Stuttgart Indian Film Festival, Germany Best Film, International Human Rights Films Festival, Tunisia Salma's Poetry Reading in Tamil was followed by the reading of her text by the translators: Ahomiya: Rabiul Islam Bangla: Himanjali Sankar English: Rizio Yohannan Raj Gujarati: Roomy Naqvy Hindi: Anamika Malayalam: Niveditha Kalarikkal Urdu: Kaif Ali Taqvi The docu-film was critically introduced by Aparna Sanyal, an award-winning filmmaker and documentary producer.