Sandstorm (2000)

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.… More

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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic

Its message is powerful, but its medium is propaganda. Good propaganda, for a good cause, but propaganda nonetheless.

Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly

One man's eloquent and deeply felt cry of indignation against the many layers of subjugation faced by Indian women.

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E! Online

The movie is tough going at times, but you won't be able to take your eyes off it or Das' steely performance.

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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter

The movie does reward the viewer with superb acting and an unblinking look at a backward desert culture virtually unchanged for generations.

Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle

[A] film of substance and poignancy.

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Brent Simon
Entertainment Today

A poignant, fiercely engaging account of one woman's battle against a judicial system corrupted by sexism, classism and political and financial opportunism.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Occasionally awkward and inescapably grueling, yet the essential vitality of Sandstorm, with its lush camera work and vibrant score, never flags.

John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

certainly carries political weight, its overall execution routinely relies on simplistic melodrama, underscored blatantly with a final propaganda plug

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Steve Rhodes
Internet 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.

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