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By Hossein Martin Fazeli
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 We are thrilled to announce that Team                            Phoolan is growing! 

Welcome to our new Executive Producers Kristin Kreuk and Rose Bhura. They are passionate about sharing Phoolan’s staggering story and we are honoured and blessed to have them along on this amazing journey as we complete PHOOLAN! 

 

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      A MESSAGE FROM PARMINDER NAGRA (Bend It Like Beckham)

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“If a mother wanted to protect her daughter, she knew all she had to do was say to the rapist that Phoolan Devi would punish them. And I did. I dealt out justice. ‘Who stole from you? Who beat you? Who raped your daughter?’ It was my vengeance and the vengeance of all women.”                                                               — Phoolan Devi     

 

The women’s movement is rising up, igniting women all over the world. The recent Women’s Convention, held in Detroit this past October, has a definitive theme that resonates with me as a filmmaker and as an Iranian refugee and as a man: "Our Liberation Is Bound In Each Other’s."

What excites me most about ‘Phoolan’ is the opportunity to explore the resilience of the human spirit in the face of incredible odds. This is an issue that is close to my heart. What makes people rise above their circumstances? What message can such an act give to tens of millions of people around the world who are denied human dignity on a daily basis? How empowering can such an act be?

I know what it means to be denied dignity because of having a different opinion, ideology or belief. Phoolan Devi was denied dignity because she belonged to a ‘different’ caste, a ‘different’ class and a ‘different’ sex. The underlying mechanisms of oppression in my past experience and in Phoolan’s life are the same. Our liberation is bound in each others. Please help us tell Phoolan Devi’s powerful story. Thank you. — Hossein Fazeli

 

Our film tells the amazing, true story of Phoolan Devi, one of the most extraordinary - and controversial - women of our times. Born in 1963 to a poor, low-caste Indian family, as a child she experienced the theft of her family’s small plot of land, and physical and sexual violence when she tried to do something about it.   

In an unheard of act for an Indian woman, let alone a teenager, she took justice into her own hands and became the leader of a gang of male bandits, taking revenge on those who had harmed her and her family. The ‘Bandit Queen’ roamed the countryside like a female Robin Hood, ransacking rich landowners and giving money to the poor, and dispensing rough justice to those who raped low-caste girls. Her actions were a dangerous challenge to the ancient caste system and social order based on the oppression of women.

After serving 11 years in prison she entered politics and became the first low-caste woman elected to India’s parliament, even though she couldn’t read or write. In Parliament, she fought for the lower castes and championed the rights of women, until her assassination in 2001.

Phoolan Devi’s sense of justice was so strong and her need for respect so uncompromising that she prevailed against forces far more powerful than she was. And because her story asks universal questions about women’s rights, violence, and social justice, it raises issues that have significance for all of us today.

 

 

$1,000 BEHIND THE SCENES WITH THE FILMMAKERS
$1,000 BEHIND THE SCENES WITH THE FILMMAKERS

 

$75 "PHOOLAN" LIMITED EDITION POSTER
$75 "PHOOLAN" LIMITED EDITION POSTER

    

$100 FINAL CUT DVD
$100 FINAL CUT DVD

 

                                      $350 Bend it like Parminder 

    

$400 JUSTICE FOR TWO SCREENING
$400 JUSTICE FOR TWO SCREENING

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

The revolution for women and girls in India is growing day-by-day! And Phoolan had a lot to do with that. Women are speaking out about sexual violence and injustices.

 Documentaries are playing a strong role in this revolution, and our hope is that with this film it will be added to a significant canon of films that will help elevate the position of women in Indian society and around the world." - Liz Marshall, Co-Executive Producer   

 

 

We are thrilled to accept any of the following in lieu of a cash donation:   

  • MILEAGE TO FLY
  • LODGING ON SHOOTS
  • CAR USAGE
  • CATERING
  •  OUTREACH/PROMO SUPPORT
  • RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT SUPPORT

If you want to help but can't donate right now, please share our campaign link with your friends on Twitter and Facebook. Feel free to contact us about setting up a screening in your area. 

 

 

 

 

    

 

Risks and challenges

Social issue documentaries are never easy to make. And one like this, about a controversial subject and filmed in remote parts of India, is especially difficult.

Still, the dedicated team, who has been working on 'Phoolan' for the past 6 years, has met every challenge. The film is currently 75% funded and the filming 75% complete.

There will certainly be more challenges ahead. But the filmmakers, who have decades of experience successfully delivering award-winning films, are committed to telling Phoolan's story, and to overcoming any and all obstacles.

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