LEECHES

Directed by: Payal Sethi 2016 | 27 min.

Section: Global Positioning Shorts

Premiere: Hawaii Premiere

Film Website

Countries: United States

Languages: Urdu, with English subtitles

Genres: Docu-Drama, Human Rights, Social Issues


Synopsis

Raisa lives with her Ammi and three younger sisters in Hyderabad's Old City. When Ammi promises her 13-year old daughter, Zainab, in marriage to a foreign businessman, Raisa decides to save her little sister at any cost.

In an old custom that has found new roots among poor families in Muslim ghettos, rich patrons pay for an arrangement brokered by efficient agents, while a pliant cleric draws up both marriage and divorce contracts simultaneously, so that the businessman is free to end the sham union whenever he is ready to leave the city.

Desperate to find a way out for Zainab, Raisa hatches a dangerous and improbable plan involving an archaic remedy that claims to restore a girl's virginity.

Screenings

Tuesday, November 08 5:30 PM Dole Cannery E Date Passed
Plays with:  GLOBAL POSITIONING SHORTS OUT OF THE VILLAGE
ICEBOX
RUNNING EAGLE
EVICTION

Cast & Crew

Director Payal Sethi
Producer Apoorva Marur, Payal Sethi
Cast Preeti Golacha, Sayani Gupta, Najma Nusrat, Manju Raval, Mohammed Abdul Razzak
Cinematographer James Demetri
Editor Vivan Chopra
Writer Samir Patil, Payal Sethi
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