DOK Leipzig 28 October – 3 November 2019
62nd International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film
DOK Leipzig Film Festival

Girls of Paadhai


Girls of Paadhai


CATALOGUE TEXT
A woman’s refuge in southern India serves as a shelter for children and adolescents who resist early marriage. The girls discuss love – with surprisingly pragmatic considerations: “If your parents get you married to a boy, you can confront them, can’t you? But if you pick the boy, they can say: It was your choice.” Spoken by twenty-year-old Amulpriya, whose case demonstrates the underlying structures. Her mother, too, was married at an early age to a man who turned out to be unable to provide for her, as had been hoped. After a lifetime of work and deprivation, she now wants the same solution, which didn’t work for her, for her daughter: marriage. But Amulpriya wants to get an education and is supported by Sunitha, the manager of the shelter.

The name Paadhai refers to the specific building and the shelter it houses, but also to the charity organisation that supports it. Natalia Preston picks up a few other stories beside Amulpriya’s and thus reveals why gender relations are so dominant in Indian society: They are the crucial social question that runs through all sections, even the often-invoked caste system.

Bert Rebhandl



Awarded with the Film Prize Leipziger Ring.


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Credits
Original Title: Girls of Paadhai Country: Germany Year: 2019 Language: Tamil Subtitle: English, German Runtime: 90 min. Format: DCP Color: Colour Director: Natalia Preston Producer: Natalia Preston Cinematographer: Isabelle Casez Editor: Andreas Zitzmann Music: Stephan Garin Sound: Andreas Fertig Script: Natalia Preston
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