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Women for Justice - A film by Daniel Burkholz and Sybille Fezer.

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OFFICIAL SELECTION Peleponissos International Documentary Film Festival 2017 - OFFICIAL SELECTION AM Egypt Film Festival 2017 - FINALIST Ekurhuleni International Film Festival 2016 - OFFICIAL SELECTION Chichester International Film Festival 2016 - OFFFICIAL SELECTION Heroines 2016 - OFFICIAL SELECTION Auroville Film Festival 2015 - OFFICIAL SELECTION CinéWomen Biennial 2015 - OFFICIAL SELECTION Color International Film Festival of India 2105 - International Crime and Punishment Film Festival 2015 - OFFICIAL SELECTION MEDIMED, Nomads of Documentary 2015 - OFFICIAL SELECTION China Women´s Film Festival 2016 - OFFICIAL SELECTION All Lights India International Film Festival 2015 - OFFICIAL SELECTION Kolkata International Film Festival 2015 - OFFICIAL SELECTION World Festival of Emerging Cinema 2016 - OFFICIAL SELECTION African Bamba Human Rights Film Festival 2016

Forced marriages, domestic violence, over 100000 wives killed by fire in so called "household accidents" every year – in India, violence against women is omnipresent and nearly all women, independent of class, caste and religion are affected. Because Police and Justice hardly give any protection or aid, women in India have organised to fight against this violence and injustice. They founded the "Women for Justice" and the "Nari Adalat" women´s courts. Every week they gather on the roof terrace of the local government or on a dusty place under a tree and dispense justice themselves. With quick-wittedness and creativity they put beating husbands and quarrelsome mother-in-laws in their place. And – if necessary – they go in as a "heavy squad” to help a poor widow, who was thrown out of the house with her little daughter after the death of her husband, to regain her belongings.

"Heartfelt thanks for your film which touched me very much."
Peter Lilienthal, Price Winner of the Berlinale’s Golden Bear and of the German Film Award

"With the intimate feel of a documentary and the audacious storytelling of a Werner Herzog's film, Women for Justice delivers a complex and nuanced take on an issue of international importance: Violence against women." CinéWomen

"A wonderful and encouraging example for women‘s initiatives against violence."
Yakin Ertürk, Former United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women

"A very touching and authentic documentary – don´t miss it!"
Gisela Zimmer, Lotta

"Finally good news about India!"
Ujjwal Bhattacharya, Deutsche Welle

Directors: Daniel Burkholz and Sybille Fezer, Camera: Daniel Burkholz
Interviews: Sybille Fezer, Photos: Sybille Fezer
Editor and Postproducer: Jan-Malte Enning
53 Min., 16:9, Germany 2014
The fim is distributed by Roadside Dokumentarfilm.
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  • Daniel Burkholz, Sybille Fezer
    Director
    NO PASARAN, Women for Justice, Half a Million Public Enemies
  • Sybille Fezer, Daniel Burkholz
    Writer
    NO PASARAN, Women for Justice, Half a Million Public Enemies
  • Daniel Burkholz
    Producer
    NO PASARAN, Women for Justice, Half a Million Public Enemies, Brigadistas
  • Nimisha Desai, Rukmani Ambharose Agarwal, Savita Baria, Jaishree Jaiswal, Rehana Ansari
    Key Cast
  • Daniel Burkholz
    camera
    NO PASARAN, Women for Justice, Half a Million Public Enemies, Brigadistas
  • Jan-Malte Enning
    Editor
    NO PASARAN, Women for Justice, Half a Million Public Enemies
  • Jan-Malte Enning
    Postproduction
    NO PASARAN, Women for Justice, Half a Million Public Enemies
  • Film Type:
    Documentary
  • Genres:
    Human Rights, Roadmovie, Direct Cinema
  • Runtime:
    53 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    November 15, 2014
  • Country of Origin:
    Germany
  • Country of Filming:
    India
  • Film Language:
    English, Gujarati, Hindi
  • Shooting Format:
    HD
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Heroines 2016
    Munich
    Germany
    September 21, 2016
Director Biography - Daniel Burkholz, Sybille Fezer

Sybille Fezer - Author, Director, Human Rights Activist

Sybille Fezer was first working some years as a journalist before heading to Sao Paulo/Brasil, where she was doing community development and human rights work for more than 7 years. After returning to Germany, she studied social education. Since 2001 she is working in leading position for the women´s and human rights organization medica mondiale which was awarded with the alternative nobel prize (right livelihood award). Her work on all continents led the conflict reseacher and passionate fighter for women´s and human rights to becoming a filmmaker also.

Daniel Burkholz - Author, Director, Producer

Daniel Burkholz, born in Würzburg / Germany, is an award winning filmmaker. He first worked as journalist for newspaper and radio, as editor of a scientific magazine and also as photographer. Later, he worked in the fields of environment protection, education, civil rights, before he became a filmmaker. In 2005, he founded his company Roadside Dokumentarfilm. Since then, he is shooting and producing documentary films for cinema and TV. His films are succesfully presented on many international film festivals around the world.

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Director Statement

Director´s Statement: “For us, filmmaking is a means to take a standpoint.“