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Sandstorm (2000)

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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 middle of a storm created by the international media, she is made a pawn in the political chess game between the ruling party's Central government and the opposition party's State government, as she is put on a pedestal by one party, and thrown stones at, by the other. Against all odds, she maintains her dignity and courage as a woman and from a rape victim becomes a rape activist. It is a shocking true story, set amidst the picturesque sand dunes of colorful contemporary Rajasthan.

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Critic Reviews for Sandstorm

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (5)

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

November 13, 2003 | Rating: 3/5

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

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

August 8, 2003 | Rating: 3/5

One man's eloquent and deeply felt cry of indignation against the many layers of subjugation faced by Indian women.

August 7, 2003 | Full Review…

[A] film of substance and poignancy.

March 28, 2003 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

certainly carries political weight, its overall execution routinely relies on simplistic melodrama, underscored blatantly with a final propaganda plug

November 17, 2003 | Rating: C | Full Review…

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