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‘Salma’ – Buffalo State Diversity Film Series

06 Mar 2014 | 06:00 pm
Place : Buffalo State Campbell Student Union Assembly Halls 1&2
Cost : Free

A free screening of Kim Longinotto’s most recent film, Salma (2013) will be presented as part of the Women’s History Month celebration on campus this Thursday, March 6 at 6:00 p.m. in the Campbell Student Union Assembly Halls 1&2.  A discussion will follow the film.   The documentary is part of a series of films organized by Communication Professor Ruth Goldman and Buffalo State’s Office of Equity and Diversity Programming Coordinator, Jason Parker.

When Salma, a young Muslim girl in a south Indian village, was 13 years old, her family locked her up for 25 years, forbidding her to study and forcing her into marriage. During that time, words were Salma’s salvation. She began covertly composing poems on scraps of paper and, through an intricate system, was able to sneak them out of the house, eventually getting them into the hands of a publisher. Against the odds, Salma became the most famous Tamil poet: the first step to discovering her own freedom and challenging the traditions and code of conduct in her village. Read more at