Monday, July 13, 2020

Marupakkam Online Film Screening # 7 : Invoking Justice

Marupakkam Online Film Screening # 7

From 6 pm, 17th July, Friday; for 48 hours only!

Film : Invoking Justice
Dir: Deepa Dhanraj; 86 min; Tamil with English subtitles; 2012; Documentary

Synopsis: Fed up with male dominated Jamaats (Councils), where they cannot represent themselves, Muslim women in South India set up their own council in 2004. The Women’s Jamaat guides, arbitrates and decides on matters related to family law.

Invoking Justice tells the complex story of the inspired challenge posed by the Women’s Jamaat to a corrupt judicial system. The film follows Jamaat members as they investigate cases and negotiate with families, male Jamaats and the police with skill, tenacity and the courage of convictions grounded equally in faith and in a secular idea of justice.

Producer : Deepa Dhanraj, Ryota Kotani, Sally Jo Fifer
Co-producers NHK Japan, ITVS USA, with support from the Jan Vrijman Fund
Cinematographer: Navroze Contractor
Editor/Script: Jabeen Merchant
Music: Konarak Reddy
Sound Recording: Kalaiselvan

Awards / film festivals:

Golden Conch best documentary 2014, Mumbai International Film Festival. QFX Cinema Jury Award 2013, Film South Asia, Nepal.

Deepa Dhanraj is a writer, director, and producer living in Bangalore, South India. She studied English Literature in Madras University. She has produced and directed numerous an award-winning documentaries, ”Something Like a War “ (Channel 4); “The Legacy of Malthus” (BBC 2); “Sudesha” (Faust Film/ARD). “Nari Adalat/Women's Courts" and “What Has Happened to This City?".

The films have been screened on ARTE, CBC, and SBS. Her films have been invited to festivals such as IDFA, Berlinale, Leipzig, Oberhausen, and Films de Femmes, Creteil France, Tampere, Vancouver and Chicago. She has a special interest in education and has created special video materials to address challenges faced by first generation learners.

Interaction with the filmmaker on 19th July, Sunday at 11 am; Message 9940642044 for ID and password

About the filmmaker:

1) Transcending testimony: an interview with filmmaker Deepa Dhanraj

2) Feminist Documentary in India : an interview with Deepa Dhanraj

3) Justice League : on Deepa Dhanraj


  1. When women step up to be equals olin power, men will talk justice..

    1. Good one.. all the best to the womens jamaat

  2. Missed it! How can I watch. Thanks.


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