When Salma was 13 years old, her life changed dramatically, as she was no longer allowed to go outside of her family's house. For several years she opposed an arranged marriage, but eventually gave in, going from one house arrest to a new one at her husband's family's. Her inner struggle found an outlet when she began writing poems, and after 25 years of being locked up indoors she became the world's most famous Tamil poet. Now she has started challenging the traditions that still have enormous consequences for the girls and women of her culture.
For more than two decades KIM LONGIOTTO has been making documentary films that brings to our attention the struggle of women from all around the world subjected to oppression and discrimination. THE DAY I WILL NEVER FORGET (2003) is about Kenyan girls opposing female circumcision, while ROUGH AUNTIES (2009) portrays a group of brave women in South Africa. The acclaimed director has received awards at Cannes, Sundance and many other international film festivals.