The Greenwich International Film Festival is just getting underway this week on June 1-4. One of the highlights of the festival will be “Little Stones”; a film produced and directed by Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker, Sophia Kruz, about social justice and women’s rights through the eyes of four female artists.
She is also the co-founder of Driftseed, an organization dedicated to building better lives for women and girls. Ms. Kruz invites the audience on a faraway journey to Senegal, Kenya, Brazil, Germany, India and the USA where she interviewed the four women in the film who suffered difficult periods in their lives and were either survivors of prostitution, female genital mutilation, extreme poverty, domestic violence or were sex trafficking victims.
The four women profiled in the film are:
Panmela Castro – a survivor of domestic violence by her estranged husband and a multi-talented graffiti artist in Brazil.
Sohini Chakraborty – a dancer and sociologist in India who trains and rehabilitates sex trafficking survivors to become professional dance therapists.
Fatou Diatta aka Sister Fa – Senegalese singer and activist and a survivor of female genital mutilation,
Anna Taylor – fashion designer and founder of the non-profit organization, James 127 Foundation and the clothing line, Judith and James. The clothing line was inspired by a woman named Judith and the incredible story of her transformation and rise from poverty in Africa.
The 87-minute documentary follows these four women who express themselves through their art. Each of them makes an extraordinary contribution of one “little stone” to the mosaic empowering the women’s movement.
To learn more about the documentary, visit the “Little Stones” website.