International Education Week 2013
“Salma” (India/UK, 2013)
Like many other women in rural South Asia, Salma, a young Muslim girl in India, was forced into seclusion once she reached puberty, forbidden by her family to study and pushed into marriage. Words became her salvation as she began covertly composing poems on scraps of paper, which were smuggled out of the house and into the hands of a publisher. Against all odds, Salma received numerous accolades and became a famous poet, which was the first step to discovering her own freedom, and challenging the traditions and code of conduct in her village. Salma’s extraordinary story is one of courage and resilience. She has hopes for a different life for the next generation of girls, but recognizes that familial ties run deep and change is slow.