SALMA: Q&A with editor Ollie Huddleston

Thursday 26th September, 2013

When Salma was 13, her parents took her out of school and locked her away in a room with a single window. After 9 years she gave in to pressure to agree to an arranged marriage and was released from her house arrest into another kind of prison, in the home of her new husband's family.

Throughout her desperate years of confinement, Salma poured out her anguish writing poetry, which she sneaked out of the house, eventually getting a notebook into the hands of an enthusiastic publisher. Against the odds, Salma became one of the best known Tamil poets and her newfound fame helped her start on the path to freedom.

Following Salma on a trip back to her village, renowned British director Kim Longinotto (Divorce Iranian Style, 1998; Sisters in Law, 2005; Rough Aunties, 2008) paints a nuanced portrait of an extraordinary, resilient woman. Salma has hopes for a different life for the next generation of girls, but as she witnesses, familial ties run deep, and change happens very slowly.


Perhaps the most renowned partnership in observational documentary filmmaking, editor Ollie Huddleston first worked with director Kim Longinotto in 2001 on Runaway. Since then they have worked on six films together, including Sisters in Law (2005), Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go (2007), Rough Aunties (2008) and Pink Saris (2010).


Between the Lines was a three-day festival organised by DocHouse and the Frontline Club in March 2013. In a series of follow up events we continued to explore the challenges facing documentary makers, investigative journalists and citizen reporters in the new media landscape.



"As a film critic... it's very rare that something can resonate and leave me in an overwrought state of fulfillment like this film did...." - Huffington Post

Winner Best International Documentary - Documentary Edge Festival 2013

Official selection - Sundance Film Festival 2013

Official selection - Sheffield Doc/Fest 2013