We Are Fire is a short documentary about the Gulabi Gang by director Orlando von Einsiedel. The Gulabi Gang is a group of feminist Indian women founded in 2006 by Sampat Pal in the Banda District of Uttar Pradesh in Northern India, a district renowned for its hardcore patriarchy. The women are famed worldwide for donning pink saris, wielding bamboo sticks, and standing up to oppressive husbands, fathers, and men in the community.
“We are not a gang in the usual sense of the term, we are a gang for justice,” said Sampat. “Gulabi Gang was formed to change the society, not just to fight against it. We’ll take our freedom smiling. We’ll take our freedom with love. Gulabi Gang… to give respect to our sisters! We are the women of India.”
“Women here suffer a lot. We can bring about change for women.”
Released in December of 2014, We Are Fire follows a widow named Champa Pal, whose life fell apart when her husband was murdered, and her home and land were subsequently stolen. After an encounter with the vigilante gang, everything for Champa changed.
Today Champa runs a sewing center, earning money for herself and teaching other women how to sew their way to independence.
If you have 7 minutes, we recommend you take the time to watch this emotionally charged and inspiring film. We can all learn something from Champa and the women of the Gulabi Gang.