“If you’re shy, you’ll die.” This is just one of the catchy aphorisms uttered by the formidable Sampat Pal Devi, leader of the Gulabi Gang (or Pink Gang), the centre of this film. The Gulabi Gang, whose base
is the northern India’s state of Uttar Pradesh – where entrenched tradition continues to condone dowry deaths and other abuses – seeks to help women from the lowest caste, known as “dalits” or “untouchables.” The female gang members assert their presence by
wearing bright pink saris and make good on Sampat Pal’s assertion that: “there is no higher power than a woman.”
Kim Longinotto is a British documentary filmmaker, well known for making films which highlight the plight
of female victims of oppression or discrimination. Longinotto studied camera and directing at the National
Film and Television School in Beaconsfield, England, where she now tutors occasionally. In 1986, she
formed the production company Twentieth Century Vixen with Claire Hunt. Longinotto’s films have won
international acclaim and dozens of premiere awards at festivals worldwide (as IDFA, BAFTA), including the World Cinema Jury Prize in documentary at the 2009 Sundance for “Rough Aunties”.