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Kanya intimately explores the inner dissonance of an adolescent girl who is experiencing puberty in a traditional Indian family. Kanya is a successful swimming champion with a promising career in sports. Her world collapses when she gets her first period and her family demands that she accepts the traditional status of a woman. Kanya‘s natural maturing along with her physical and psychological transformation are neglected by her close ones who also curb her freedom. On the outside, Kanya yields to all the demands and accepts her fate without objecting. However, she experiences deep trauma within. Kanya‘s inner disharmony escalates, leading her to finally muster the courage to revolt against the system that clearly defines and sets the standards of the conventional status of a woman.

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Festivals & Awards

  • Busan International Film Festival (South Korea, 2020)
  • Raindance Film Festival (England, 2020) – OSCAR® Qualifying festival
  • Interfilm – International Short Film Festival (Berlin, 2020) – OSCAR® Qualifying festival
  • Bogotá Short Film Festival (Colombia, 2020) – OSCAR® Qualifying festival
  • In the Palace Film Festival (Bulgaria, 2021) – OSCAR® Qualifying festival
  • Pragueshorts (Czech Republic, 2020)
  • Dharamshala International Film Festival (McLeod Ganj, India, 2020)
  • Arthouse Asia Film Festival (Kolkatta, India, 2020)
  • Jaffna International Cinema Festival (Sri Lanka, 2020)
  • Drim Short Film Festival (Skopje, Macedonia, 2020)
  • Short Shorts Film Festival and Asia (Japan, 2021) OSCAR® Qualifying festival
  • Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (USA, 2021)
  • Neisse Filmfestival (Czech Republic, Germany and Poland, 2021)
  • London Indian Film Festival (UK, 2021)
  • Tongues on Fire Limited – UK Asian Film Festival (UK, 2021)
  • FRISS HÚS Film Festival (Hungary, 2021)
  • Rhode Island International Film Festival (USA, 2021) OSCAR® Qualifying festival
  • Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (Australia, 2021)
  • Indian Film Festival of Cincinnati (USA, 2021) – Best Short Film
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cinematography by

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Lucie Hecht

sound design by

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FAMU International, Michal Sikora, Apoorva Satish

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Apoorva's bio

Born and raised in Chennai, a colourful conglomerate of urban villages, Apoorva was fascinated by the power of Tamil filmdom in state politics, igniting a passion for creating films that are socially and politically aware. To hone her creative skills as a filmmaker, Apoorva travelled to many countries: Sri Lanka, Israel, Italy, Jordan, England, and the USA to work on fiction and non-fiction projects. In 2016, she was selected to attend the International Filmmaking Academy in Bologna under the tutorship of award-winning directors Danis Tanovic and Claudia Llosa. Apoorva recently received her MFA degree from the Film and Tv School of the Academy of Performing arts, Czech Republic. Her graduation film Kanya will have its world premiere at the prestigious Busan International Film Festival 2020 ( South Korea ) in the Wide Angle: Asian short film competition category followed by a European Premiere at Raindance Film festival 2020 ( England ). Apoorva is currently based in Prague, developing her debut feature film while actively exploring short and long format film projects. Her primary goal is to explore personal stories around socially relevant contemporary ideas and themes.