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A rural low-caste woman, working for Rajasthan government's woman's development program called "Saathin", is gang-raped by upper-caste men in her village when she speaks up against the prevalent custom of child marriages. Instead of hanging her head in shame, as she was expected to do, she decides to knock the doors of justice. Her real rape begins when she is made to run from pillar to post in a judicial system corrupted by sexism, chauvinism, feudalism and political opportunism. Caught in the middle of a storm created by the international media, she is made a pawn in the… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Its message is powerful, but its medium is propaganda. Good propaganda, for a good cause, but propaganda nonetheless."
‑ Richard Nilsen, Arizona Republic
"One man's eloquent and deeply felt cry of indignation against the many layers of subjugation faced by Indian women."
‑ Ella Taylor, L.A. Weekly
"The movie is tough going at times, but you won't be able to take your eyes off it or Das' steely performance."
‑ , E! Online
"The movie does reward the viewer with superb acting and an unblinking look at a backward desert culture virtually unchanged for generations."
‑ Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter
"[A] film of substance and poignancy."
‑ Jonathan Curiel, San Francisco Chronicle
"A poignant, fiercely engaging account of one woman's battle against a judicial system corrupted by sexism, classism and political and financial opportunism."
‑ Brent Simon, Entertainment Today
"Occasionally awkward and inescapably grueling, yet the essential vitality of Sandstorm, with its lush camera work and vibrant score, never flags."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"certainly carries political weight, its overall execution routinely relies on simplistic melodrama, underscored blatantly with a final propaganda plug"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"An engrossing and almost incredible true story of social injustice that follows a crime (gang rape) from incident to trial and a bit beyond."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
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