Women for Justice - A film by Daniel Burkholz and Sybille Fezer.
About the Power of Solidarity
Forced marriages, domestic violence, over 100000 wives killed by fire in so called "household accidents" every year – in India, violence against women is omnipresent and nearly all women, independent of class, caste and religion are affected. Because Police and Justice hardly give any protection or aid and are often corrupt women in India have organised to fight against this violence and injustice. They founded the "Women for Justice" and the "Nari Adalat" women´s courts. Every week they gather on the roof terrace of the local government or on a dusty place under a tree and dispense justice themselves. With quick-wittedness and creativity they put beating husbands and quarrelsome mother-in-laws in their place. And – if necessary – they go in as a "heavy squad” to help a poor widow, who was thrown out of the house with her little daughter after the death of her husband, to regain her belongings. vimeo.com/130796266 , filmfreeway.com/project/416750
English subtitles, Runtime: 53 Minutes, Ratio 16 : 9, Germany 2014
FINALIST Ekurhuleni International Film Festival 2016 — OFFICIAL SELECTION Chichester International Film Festival 2016 — OFFICIAL SELECTION World Festival of Emerging Cinema 2016 — OFFICIAL SELECTION African Bamba Human Rights Film Festival 2016 — OFFICIAL SELECTION China Women´s Film Festival 2016 — OFFICIAL SELECTION Kolkata International Film Festival 2015 — OFFICIAL SELECTION all Lights India Film Festival 2015 — OFFICIAL SELECTION Color International Film Festival of India 2015 — OFFICIAL SELECTION "Justice for All" International Crime and Punishment Film Festival 2015 — OFFICIAL SELECTION MEDIMED, Nomads of Documentary 2015 — OFFICIAL SELECTION CinéWomen Biennial 2015 — OFFICIAL SELECTION Auroville Film Festival 2015
Comments on the Film
Heartfelt thanks for your film, which touched me very much.Peter Lilienthal, Price Winner of the Berlinale´s "Golden Bear" and the "German Film Award"
With the intimate feel of a documentary and the audacious storytelling of a Werner Herzog's film, Women for Justice delivers a complex and nuanced take on an issue of international importance. CinéWomen
A wonderful and encouraging example for women‘s initiatives against violence. Yakin Ertürk, Former United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women
Right here, a platform for social empowerment has been created that could set a precedent for the whole world. The film by Daniel Burkholz and Sybille Fezer, which is currently succesfully shown on film festivals, reports on this unique initiative. Oliver Händler, Neues Deutschland
Finally good news about India !Ujjwal Bhattacharya, Deutsche Welle
A marvellous film about the power of solidarity. Manfred F. Kubiak, Heidenheimer Zeitung
A very touching and authentic documentary film – don´t miss it! Gisela Zimmer, Lotta