The film is about the empowerment of rural women in a small district in South India. The story of Ayesha, a 16-year-old girl, pregnant out of wedlock, shunned by her family, but supported by the women of the village, becomes the metaphor for change among these women.
This articulation of female opinion is just one facet of change brought about by the Coolie Sangha, a union of low-paid agricultural labourers. Besides this, the Sangha continues to fight against the pressures of powerful landlords, moneylenders, a male dominated culture and unproductive farmland.
Bol Ayesha Bol attempts to document this process of change. Made for the people themselves, the film celebrates the strength and resilience of the people of Bagepalli.
The documentary premired at International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam and was profiled by “Filmwaves” a UK based film magazine: “…made by an Indian woman (the film) avoids the exoticisation of its subject, from which several European made festival films set in the Indian subcontinent suffered.”
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