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What could possibly possess a man or woman to run 330 kilometers at an altitude of 4,500 meters above sea level? Or to run 220 kilometers in temperatures of 44 degrees Celsius? It was this question, more than any other, that drove Bengaluru film-maker, Padmalatha Ravi, to make “Soul Run”, a film on Ultra marathoners in India, runners who participate in events that are longer than traditional marathons of about 42km (often over 100km).

It is pitch dark and a man speaks as he runs; you can hear the breath, the silence, and you can see a head torch bobbing about in the darkness.

That is Bhupendrasing Rajput, running in the night in The Himalayan Crossing 2016, running at night as part of his 338-kilometer run, in 77 hours and 20 minutes! That and the image of two runners pushing the limits against the stark and arid Rann of Kutch are images that stay with you from Padmalatha Ravi’s film Soul Run.

Journalist and filmmaker Padmalatha Ravi is not the kind to just hang around and listen to the endless yammering about “What was she doing there and what was she wearing?”— the kind of conversations that have been the soundtrack of our lives forever, just louder since the Delhi 2012 rape. (Btw, we do think that is an idiotic way of referring to this but neither we nor Wikipedia has found a better way yet.)  Padmalatha decided she wanted a new way of responding to these conversations. The result is this simple and deadly-in-its-simplicity short film. And here it is: online for the first time.

16 December 2012 is a black date in Indian history. Angry voices, national outrage, high decibel prime-time debates and a case that set a precedent on how the judiciary responds to cases of rape. It was not the first rape we, as a nation, witnessed; it was not the last either. While most of us engaged in online rants, armchair conversations, and dinner-table discussions, Bangalore-based Padmalatha Ravi decided to walk the talk.

event Padmalatha Ravi’s documentary, Good Girls Don’t Dance, took a look at society’s perceptions of its women

We all trooped into the little makeshift hall in Jaaga on a Sunday afternoon, on K.H. Road to see Padmalatha Ravi’s documentary, Good Girls Don’t Dance. A Bangalore-based journalist and a documentary filmmaker, Padmalatha said her 15-minute film questions the notions that shape society’s reaction to molestation and rape.

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