Sandstorm (2000)

Sandstorm

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A rural low-caste woman, working for Rajasthan government's woman's development program called "Saathin", is gang-raped by upper-caste men in her village when she speaks up against the prevalent custom of child marriages. Instead of hanging her head in shame, as she was expected to do, she decides to knock the doors of justice. Her real rape begins when she is made to run from pillar to post in a judicial system corrupted by sexism, chauvinism, feudalism and political opportunism. Caught in the … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
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All Critics (11) | Top Critics (5)

Its message is powerful, but its medium is propaganda. Good propaganda, for a good cause, but propaganda nonetheless.

November 13, 2003
Arizona Republic
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The movie does reward the viewer with superb acting and an unblinking look at a backward desert culture virtually unchanged for generations.

August 9, 2003
Hollywood Reporter
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Occasionally awkward and inescapably grueling, yet the essential vitality of Sandstorm, with its lush camera work and vibrant score, never flags.

Full Review… | August 8, 2003
Los Angeles Times
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One man's eloquent and deeply felt cry of indignation against the many layers of subjugation faced by Indian women.

Full Review… | August 7, 2003
L.A. Weekly
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[A] film of substance and poignancy.

Full Review… | March 28, 2003
San Francisco Chronicle
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certainly carries political weight, its overall execution routinely relies on simplistic melodrama, underscored blatantly with a final propaganda plug

Full Review… | November 17, 2003
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