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Meet the 2013 Sundance Filmmakers #12: ‘Pink Saris’ Filmmaker Kim Longinotto Profiles the Most Famous Tamil Poet in ‘Salma’

Meet the 2013 Sundance Filmmakers #12: 'Pink Saris' Filmmaker Kim Longinotto Profiles the Most Famous Tamil Poet in 'Salma'

Master documentarian Kim Longinotto has for over two decades made films that explore issues relevant to women in such diverse places as Japan, Iran, Africa and India. Following her most recent work, the HBO doc “Pink Saris,” Longinotto is back with “Salma,” a bracing film about how a Muslim woman against all odds became the most famous Tamil poet.

What It’s About: “When Salma, a young Tamil girl, was locked up by her family according to village traditon, she was angry and confused. She could only express her true feelings in the poems she wrote and smuggled out.”

What It’s REALLY About: “It’s about family, so it’s something we’ve all struggled with.”

What I Want Audiences To Take Away: “I hope they’ll be disturbed, moved and exhilarated – just as I was. I feel so lucky to have met Salma and shared her life. They’ll meet Salma her village. They’ll be plunged headlong into another world.”

A Big Inspiration: I saw ‘Lives of Others,’ a German film, years ago. It has inspired me ever since.”

What I Shot On: “It’s the Sony HD 800 with floppy discs, not tapes.”

Indiewire invited Sundance Film Festival directors to tell us about their films, including what inspired them, the challenges they faced and what they’re doing next. We’ll be publishing their responses leading up to the 2013 festival.

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