Soma Girls (2009) explores the lives of girls growing up in a hostel in Kolkata, India. From ages 6 to 17, the film follows these intelligent, funny and high-energy girls as they overcome extraordinary circumstances to lead ordinary lives. www.somagirls.org.
About the Filmmaker:
Born and raised in New Delhi, Nandini Sikand is an independent filmmaker, Odissi dancer, and anthropologist. Her films include The Bhangra Wrap (1995), Don’t Fence Me In (1998), Amazonia (2001), In Whose Name? (2004) Soma Girls (2009) and Cranes of Hope (2011). Her films have screened and won awards at over one hundred domestic and international film festivals. Nandini has been awarded grants from The Jerome Foundation, the Center for Asian American Media and is two-time awardee of New York State Council on the Arts. She also produced the documentary Mahasweta Devi: Witness, Advocate, Writer (2001). In television, she has worked as a producer and director on projects for Channel Four: UK, Ovation, HBO, Oxygen, and The History Channel. She served on the board of directors of Women Make Movies, a non-profit feminist media distribution organization from 1997-2006. She was on the Fulbright IIE National Selection committee for film and video for 2008-2011.Nandini Sikand is an Assistant Professor of an interdisciplinary film and media studies program at Lafayette College, PA. and runs her dance company, Sakshi Productions.
This is the first installment in the Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies (WGSS) and Africana Studies' Film and Speaker Series, Spring 2012 that is being offered as part of the Consortium for Critical Interdisciplinary Studies (CCIS) Critical Inquiry Lab's "Theorizing Diasporic Visuality", an innovative series of linked courses. This year’s lab links Prof. Tina Campt’s (Barnard Africana/Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies [WGSS]) Africana Studies colloquium, AFRS BC3110 Theorizing Diasporas, with May Joseph’s (Pratt Social Science and Cultural Studies) WGSS course, WMST BC3117 Film and Feminism.