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HBO picks up Longinotto’s “Pink Saris” for India season

Sundance-winning director Kim Longinotto has secured a U.S. network for her documentary Pink Saris (pictured), with HBO2 picking up the title to air later this month, alongside three other films about India.
November 11, 2011

Sundance-winning director Kim Longinotto has secured a U.S. network for her India-set documentary Pink Saris (pictured), with HBO2 picking up the title to air later this month.

The film, produced by Vixen Films and Ginger Productions, looks at Sampat Pal Devi, the leader of Northern India’s vigilante Gulabi Gang, which fights to protect girls being abused by men. It originally aired on Channel 4 in the UK, and won the best documentary award at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival in 2010.

Pink Saris is one of four documentaries about contemporary India debuting on HBO and HBO2 in November.

The others are Marathon Boy, which tells the story of a four-year-old marathon runner; The Bengali Detective, which looks at an Indian who solves crimes in the city of Kolkata while following his dreams of being a professional dancer; and The Sound of Mumbai, which sees Indian street children recruited to perform a one-off concert with members of the Bombay Chamber Orchestra.

HBO2 will give the Pink Saris its U.S. premiere on November 30 at 8 p.m. EST, repeating it on December 25.

Women Make Movies handles distribution of the doc, and the exec producers are Amber Ronowicz and Ed Stobart, with Hamish Mykura the exec producer for Channel 4.

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Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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