Directed by Prema Karanth
Based on the biography by M. K. Indira, Phaniyamma tells the true story of a child widow who lived in South India between 1870 and 1952, a period that included the advent of electricity, telephones, buses, and schools in that rural region. Widowed by the accidental death of the boy she married by arrangement, she was dealt irrational and humiliating treatment from the community. As she speaks up against rigid orthodoxy, Phani acts not as revolutionary or radical, but as a catalyst for social change. This film has received numerous awards, including the International Critics Award, when it was first released in 1983. It has proven to be an enduring story that continues to find audiences around the world. Filmmaker Prema Karanth is the first woman to write, direct, and produce a film in the Kanada language. 1982, India, in Kanada with English subtitles, 35mm, 115 minutes.
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WOMEN WITH VISION: CROSSING BOUNDARIES IS MADE POSSIBLE BY GENEROUS SUPPORT FROM THE MINNESOTA WOMEN'S FOUNDATION AND THE BUSH FOUNDATION, WITH ADDITIONAL SUPPORT FROM THE MINNESOTA FILM BOARD.