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.