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Documentary on women rebellion screened at SJC

‘Ek Inquilab Aur Aaya’, a documentary by Uma Chakravarti based on the orthodox Muslim community at the Farangi Mahal in Lucknow, is about Sughra and Khadija, who overcome tremendous difficulties. The main character, Sughra Fatima, and her niece, Khadija Ansari, were part of major events like the Khilafat Movement in 1920 and the 1947 Partition of India. The impact it had on them is recounted in the film. Lack of education did not stop them from learning to be strong and bold individuals. Even with all the social norms and constraints, Fatima writes poetry and Khadija goes on to obtain her PhD in Sociology.

The poetry written by her emote her strong loneliness. Overall it shows the inquisitiveness of the women to obtain personal freedom. After the screening, in an interactive session with the audience Uma said, “I became a filmmaker at the age of 60. I’m basically a historian; driven to exploring the lives of the people in the past. When I finished my first film, I felt the second was necessary as I felt the story was incomplete.”


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