Paromita Vohra

2002, 95:00 minutes, colour, English, Hindi, Marathi with English subtitles


UnLimited Girls is an exploration of engagements with feminism in contemporary urban India. It is told through the conversations of a narrator called Fearless who starts accidentally in a chatroom and embarks on a journey where she encounters diverse characters - feminists who remember the songs and actions of the Indian women’s movement, yuppies who discuss their modern marriage, a policeman writing films for “women’s upliftment”, women shopping at a bra sale, college kids practicing a dance, teachers who feel girls must not take injustice – or break a home; a woman cab driver, a priest, academics, activists, and unseen but much-heard women like Atilla_the_Nun, ChamkiGirl and Devi_is_a_Diva, in a feminist chatroom – all talking of their engagements with feminism and its place in their lives today.

The film uses a personally reflective tone and playfully eclectic form, mixes non-fiction and fiction, to ask questions about feminism in our lives: why must women lead double lives, being feminist but not saying they are. How do we remain politically engaged as individuals who will not join groups? If feminism changes the way we live, then do we change the meaning of feminism as we live it? And then how do we separate true feminists from false ones? Will X-ray vision work better, or female intuition - or is there a common set of principles in this multiply interpreted philosophy? How do we make sense of love and anger, doubt and confusion, the personal and the political in this enterprise of pushing the boundaries, of being un-limited - the enterprise we call feminism.

UnLimited Girls is set in urban India, but its themes resonate in the lives of people all over the world who have sampled the fruits of feminism, along with its dilemmas; who have asked the questions which have reshaped their lives and changed the world.

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