Women for Justice - A film by Daniel Burkholz and Sybille Fezer.
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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 FezerDirectorNO PASARAN, Women for Justice, Half a Million Public Enemies
Sybille Fezer, Daniel BurkholzWriterNO PASARAN, Women for Justice, Half a Million Public Enemies
Daniel BurkholzProducerNO PASARAN, Women for Justice, Half a Million Public Enemies, Brigadistas
Nimisha Desai, Rukmani Ambharose Agarwal, Savita Baria, Jaishree Jaiswal, Rehana AnsariKey Cast
Daniel BurkholzcameraNO PASARAN, Women for Justice, Half a Million Public Enemies, Brigadistas
Jan-Malte EnningEditorNO PASARAN, Women for Justice, Half a Million Public Enemies
Jan-Malte EnningPostproductionNO PASARAN, Women for Justice, Half a Million Public Enemies
Genres:Human Rights, Roadmovie, Direct Cinema
Completion Date:November 15, 2014
Country of Origin:Germany
Country of Filming:India
Film Language:English, Gujarati, Hindi
September 21, 2016
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.
Director´s Statement: “For us, filmmaking is a means to take a standpoint.“