SheWrite

Director: Anjali Monteiro & K. P. Jayasankar
English (subtitled), 55 min, 2005, India
SheWrite weaves together the narratives and work of four Tamil women poets, Salma, Kuttirevathi, Malathy Maitri and Sukirtharani.
SheWrite
A still from SheWrite
Synopsis:

'SheWrite' weaves together the narratives and work of four Tamil women poets. Salma negotiates subversive expression within the tightly circumscribed space allotted 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) became a controversial work that elicited hate mail, obscene calls and threats. Malathy Maitri’s poems attempt to explore and express feminine power and spaces. Sukirtharani writes of desire and longing, celebrating the body in a way that affirms 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.

Producer: School of Media and Cultural Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences
Director: Anjali Monteiro & K. P. Jayasankar
Camera: K. P. Jayasankar
Editing: Anjali Monteiro, K. P. Jayasankar
Sound: Elangovan R., Sound (additional): K. P. Jayasankar, Anjali Monteiro
Music: S. L. Vaidyanathan
Awards:
  • Best documentary Prize, IV Three Continents International Documentary Festival, Venezuela, 2005
  • Indian Documentary Producers Association Awards 2005: The First Technical Award for Sound Design and the Second Technical Award for Cinematography.
Select Screenings:
  • 12th Festival Internazionale Cinema Delle Donne (12th International Women’s Film Festival), Turin, 2005
  • Film South Asia, Kathmandu, 2005
  • Platforma (2005), Athens
  • Karafilm Festival, Karachi, Pakistan, 2005
  • Madurai Film Festival, Madurai, 2005
  • Ethnographic Film Festival of Montreal, Canada, 2005
About the Director:

Dr. Anjali Monteiro is professor, Centre for Media and Cultural Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. Dr. Monteiro has a Masters Degree in Economics and a PHD in Sociology. She is involved in media production, teaching and research. Vibgyor Film Festival, Kerala organised a retrospective of her work with Dr. K. P. Jayasankar in 2006. Dr. Monteiro is a recipient of the Howard Thomas Memorial Fellowship in Media Studies and was attached to the University of Western Sydney in 2000. She was a Fulbright visiting lecturer for 2006-07, attached to the University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. K. P. Jayasankar, is professor and Chair, Centre for Media and Cultural Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. Dr. Jayasankar has an M.A. in German language and a Ph. D in Humanities and Social Sciences. He is involved in media production, teaching and research. Vibgyor Film Festival, Kerala organised a retrospective of his work with Dr. Anjali Monteiro in 2006. Dr. Jayasankar was a Howard Memorial Fellow in Media Studies, attached to Goldsmith’s College, London and a DAAD visiting scholar at the University of Heidelberg.

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