Never be afraid to get dirty, but be sufficiently sure-footed to avoid the abyss of contamination.

Aval Appadithan

It’s an independent film in an obscure, Southeast Asian language. Filmed in 1978, the movie contains an intriguing plot and great dialogue, interspersed among which are actual interviews with women in local villages and colleges about their views on the pardah system, premarital sex, and legalized abortion.

I saw it a few years ago and every once in a while try unsuccessfully to find a DVD copy. My most recent attempt was no exception, but I will try again in a few months.

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