CAAMFEST: Invoking Justice

Event Date: 
Sat, 03/16/2013 - 1:00pm


BAVC is pleased to co-present Invoking Justice as part of CAAMFEST 2013.
Deepa Dhanraj / CinemAsia / India / 2012 / Documentary / 85 mins / English, Tamil with English subtitles / Color / Digibeta NTSC / , , , San Francisco, Premiere
“No, we will not, cannot remain silent. I will not, for I have been so for all these years. So let us now talk back.”
Defiantly eschewing Western portraits of the subjugated Muslim woman, Deepa Dhanraj (Something Like a War) explores the way women in Tamil Nadu, South India are challenging tradition to demand equality and justice in their communities. Sharia law is deftly woven into the folds of civil law under the hands of the local Jamaat, an all-male council who upholds Islamic customs and presides over family disputes. Women are neither allowed to sit on the council nor be present at their own hearings. Fed up with an increasingly corrupt system that allows men to interpret the Qu’ran for personal gain, the first-ever Women’s Jamaat is formed to address issues of women’s rights. Despite initial harassment, the organization flourishes as women from the community and the Jamaat gain the courage to speak frankly about the daily violence they endure. Invoking Justice follows three cases (two murders and a divorce) as the core members of the Jamaat raise their voices with humor, tenacity and heart to demand retribution. This intimate portrayal offers the women of Tamil Nadu an additional opportunity to “talk back”—to the male-Jamaats, to their aggressors and to anyone who has ever doubted the power and autonomy of a Muslim woman.
Sierra Lee
Click here to purchase tickets to this screening. The film also screens on Friday March 22, 2013 at 7:00pm and Saturday March 23, 2013 at 7:15pm. 
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