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I always feel the movement is a sort of mosaic. Each of us puts in one little stone.
— Alice Paul, women’s rights activist
LITTLE STONES weaves together the personal narratives of four women around the world who are using art to create positive change in their communities. From a graffiti artist speaking out against domestic violence in the favelas of Brazil to a dancer rehabilitating sex-trafficking survivors in India, each of these women is contributing a stone to the mosaic of the women’s movement through their art.
Brazilian graffiti artist Panmela Castro rocked the hip-hop community when she became the first woman to win a Hutuz Award in 2008, and in 2010 was named best Artist of the Decade. Castro has risen to the top of the male-dominated graffiti world in Brazil by charting her own path, and using street art to raise awareness about an issue that hits very close to home: domestic violence.
Sohini Chakraborty was a dancer and sociologist in 1996 when she began volunteering at a shelter for sex trafficking survivors in India. She knew instinctively that dance could help girls reclaim their bodies after the trauma of trafficking, and over the past 2 decades, Chakraborty has touched the lives of over 7000 survivors throughout South-East Asia, training over 50 survivors to become professional dance movement therapists.
Senegalese singer and activist Sister Fa is a survivor of childhood female genital mutilation. She now lives in Berlin, but is a controversial figure throughout West-Africa, where she regularly tours, using her fame to spark a dialogue around genital mutilation, which is still too taboo to discuss in many communities.
American fashion designer Anna Taylor first moved to Kenya to work in Nairobi’s slums when she was in high school. There, she met an unemployed seamstress named Judith, whom she hired to sew her clothing designs. In 2011, Taylor founded Judith&James to train and employ impoverished Kenyan women to produce high fashion clothing. In 2013, at the age of 22, Taylor debuted her collection at New York Fashion Week.
This documentary, directed by EMMY® Award-winning filmmaker Sophia Kruz and cinematographer Meena Singh (Hollidaysburg, 20 Feet from Stardom), with music by Sundance Composing Lab alumni Amritha Vaz ( 500 Days of Summer), was produced over a period of 18 months in Senegal, Kenya, Brazil, Germany, India and the United States. The film and accompanying education initiative have been designed to raise awareness about global women’s rights issues, and to celebrate creative, entrepreneurial, and arts-therapy based solutions to the most pressing challenges facing women globally.
Winner, Best Documentary, Vail Film Festival (USA)
Winner, Best Foreign Documentary, Female Eye Film Festival (Canada)
Winner, Award of Excellence, Impact Docs Awards (USA)
Winner, Humanitarian Award, Docutah International Film Festival (USA)
Winner, Best of Festival, Zonta Film Festival (Canada)
Winner, Audience Award for Best Documentary, Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival (USA)
Nominated, Best Feature, High Peak Independent Film Festival (UK)
Nominated, Best Documentary, High Peak Independent Film Festival (UK)
Nominated, Best Director, High Peak Independent Film Festival (UK)
Nominated, Best Female Director, Black Star International Film Festival (Ghana)
Nominated, Best Documentary, Greenwich International Film Festival (USA)
Official Selection, San Francisco Jewish Film Festival (USA)
Official Selection, Bad Saarow Without Borders Film Festival (Germany)
Official Selection, On Screen/In Person Mid-Atlantic Tour (nine cities in the USA)
Official Selection, Newport Beach Film Festival (USA)
Official Selection at Kolkata International Film Festival (India)
Produced by Sophia Kruz Productions, LLC, 2014-2016.