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SheWrite (2005)

Directed by  - Anjali Monteiro and K. P. Jayasankar

Duration – 55 mintutes

Language – Tamil with English subtitles

SheWrite weaves together the narratives and works of four Tamil women poets. Salma negotiates subversive expression within the tightly circumscribed space alloted to a woman in a small town. For Kuttirevathi, solitude is a crucial creative space from where her work resonates. Her anthology entitled Breasts (2003) elicted hate mail, obscene calls and threats. The fact that women poets are exploring themes such as desire and sexuality has been opposed by some Tamil film lyricists, who have gone on record with threats of death and violence. This has been resisted by a collective of poets and artists called Anangu (Woman). Malathy Maitri is a founder member of Anangu. Her poems explore feminine power and spaces. Sukirtharani writes of desire and longing, celebrating the body and feminine empowerment. The film traverses these diverse modes of resistance, through images and sounds that evoke the universal experiences of pain, anger, desire and transcendence.

In 2005, SheWrite was awarded the Best Sound Design and the second prize for Cinematography by IDPA . In the same year, it also won the Best Documentary Prize at the IV Three Continents Internatioal Documentary Festival, Venezuela.

School of Media and Cultural Studies

The School of Media and Cultural Studies, (SMCS) of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai (a Deemed University) is engaged in media teaching, production, research and dissemination. A unique feature of the School is the close linkage between its technical and academic work. The work of the School facilitates a synergy between research, teaching and production, all of which are informed by a keen sense of connection with local subaltern cultures of resistance and invention. Production is an important component of the School’s work. It has to its credit more than 35 awards for its documentary films at national and international film festivals.

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