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CIRCLE AWARD

Lipstick Under My Burkha

Lipstick Waale Sapne

ALANKRITA SHRIVASTAVA
India, 2016
116 minutes, Color
Official website

India's Central Board of Film Certification has banned this film, even as it plays to acclaim worldwide. Writer-director Alankrita Shrivastava is fighting the decision. Laughing can be the most satisfying form of expression, as this engaging, eye-popping, overtly feminist satire on gender relations in India attests. The setting is a rural town that, despite boasting a small-city vibe and even a university, behind doors is inherently unchanged by modern mores. Here, four women experiment with desire through surreptitious and overt acts of rebellion. A college student hides more than lipstick under her burkha, a beautician is sexually active despite being engaged to a proper prig, a housewife and mother secretly excels in door-to-door sales, and a middle-aged "auntie" finds expression in lurid paperbacks. Their lives intertwine as the patriarchy cruelly closes in on even these small bids for freedom.—Judy Bloch

In Hindi with English subtitles

CIRCLE AWARD

Lipstick Under My Burkha

Lipstick Waale Sapne

ALANKRITA SHRIVASTAVA
India, 2016
116 minutes, Color
Official website

India's Central Board of Film Certification has banned this film, even as it plays to acclaim worldwide. Writer-director Alankrita Shrivastava is fighting the decision. Laughing can be the most satisfying form of expression, as this engaging, eye-popping, overtly feminist satire on gender relations in India attests. The setting is a rural town that, despite boasting a small-city vibe and even a university, behind doors is inherently unchanged by modern mores. Here, four women experiment with desire through surreptitious and overt acts of rebellion. A college student hides more than lipstick under her burkha, a beautician is sexually active despite being engaged to a proper prig, a housewife and mother secretly excels in door-to-door sales, and a middle-aged "auntie" finds expression in lurid paperbacks. Their lives intertwine as the patriarchy cruelly closes in on even these small bids for freedom.—Judy Bloch

In Hindi with English subtitles


Saturday, April 22
4:00 PM
$13.00 - Advance Sales - $14.00 at the theater
Saturday, April 29
4:45 PM
$13.00 - Advance Sales - $14.00 at the theater

Trailers may not have subtitles but all of our foreign language films do.
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