Sari Red

Pratibha Parmar

1988, 12:00 minutes, colour, English


Made in memory of Kalbinder Kaur Hayre who was killed by three white fascists in 1985. This experimental document uses symbols, icons and signs rooted within Indian culture and religion to explore racial violence, particularly the effect of the threat of violence upon the lives of Asian women. Sari Red is an angry protest linking the incident to present-day colonial thinking and beliefs.

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