Anjali Monteiro | K.P. Jayasankar

Documentary Filmmakers | Educators | Researchers

She Write

  • Year: 2005
  • Language: Tamil
  • Subtitles: English
  • Duration: 55 mins
She Write

SheWrite weaves together the narratives and work of four Tamil women poets. Salma negotiates subversive expression within the tightly circumscribed space allotted to a woman in a small town. For Kuttirevathi, solitude is a crucial creative space from where her work resonates. Her anthology entitled Breasts (2003) elicited hate mail, obscene calls and threats. The fact that women poets are exploring themes such as desire and sexuality been opposed by some Tamil film lyricists, who have gone on record with threats of death and violence. This has been resisted by a collective of poets and artists called Anangu (Woman). Malathy Maitri is a founder member of Anangu. Her poems explore feminine power and spaces. Sukirtharani writes of desire and longing, celebrating the body and feminine empowerment. The film traverses these diverse modes of resistance, through images and sounds that evoke the universal experiences of pain, anger, desire and transcendence.


  • Best documentary Prize, IV Three Continents International Documentary Festival, Venezuela, 2005
  • Gold for Sound Design and Silver for Cinematography, Indian Documentary Producers Association Awards, 2005

Festival Selection

  • 12th International Women’s Film Festival, Turin, 2005
  • Film South Asia, Kathmandu, 2005
  • Kara Film Festival, Karachi, 2005
  • Platforma, Athens, 2005
  • Madurai Film Festival, 2005
  • Ethnographic Film Festival of Montreal, Canada, 2005
  • Vibgyor Film Festival, Trichur, Kerala, 2006
  • Panithirai International Documentary Film Festival, Chennai, 2006
  • IAWRT Film Festival, New Delhi, 2006
  • Beyond Bollywood, Stuttgart, 2006
  • Ethnofest, Berlin, 2006
  • Festival of Visual Culture, Joensuu, Finland, 2006
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