Laal Pari

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Sadia Halima
2014 | 20 minutes | USA, India
Director in Attendance

Laal Pari is an anomaly: an illiterate woman in rural Bihar, India, elected twice to her village council by championing safety and equal rights for women. Her ongoing struggle to make an impact by participating in a patriarchal bureaucracy bent on holding her back is a story of heroic grassroots politics and undaunted courage in the face of pervasive misogyny.

Co-presented by NYU Program in Culture and Media, Dept. of Anthropology

Plays with Living Quechua and Neither Here Nor There (Ni Aquí, Ni Allá)

Part of the Emerging Visual Anthropologists Showcase

Past Forward, My Perspective

"I have changed places at different points in time, been an immigrant within my own country and outside of it. And this experience of treading in past and present, home and home away from home has taken a shape of an anchor and guides me through cultures and human patterns that exist outside of time’s constraints.

I strongly believe you cannot understand your present by disassociating yourself from the past; present can never exist out of context. Today when I see women’s struggle in the west or in big cosmopolitan cities of India, I am forced to go further down the line to my hometown. It never ceases to surprise me how amazingly they fight their own battles there. This comparative understanding of struggles of women across places and time has definitely enhanced my view on cultural imperialism and its impact on women."

- Sadia Halima | Director, Laal Pari