India | 14 MIN. 36 SEC. |Bengali, English Subtitles
Virtual Screening Details: "Shorts Showcase"
Sunday, Nov 8 2020 |
Durga and her family depend on the 'Bahurupi' - a dying folk art in rural India - for their survival. When the opportunity to leave her bonded, small-town life comes knocking, Durga prepares to leave.
'The Little Goddess' was shot on location in rural West Bengal with a family of Bahurupis who play themselves. The film blends their life events with fiction to depict the coming of age of a young girl in rural India, where dreams and reality are often in conflict with each other
Gauri Adelkar is an Indian writer & director based in Los Angeles. She received her MFA in screenwriting & directing at Columbia University, where she was the 2018 recipient of the Breaking Barriers Award for Female Directors.
In 2020, Adelkar was the only participant selected by Film Independent as a Writer/Director Project Involve fellow and was a finalist for Tribeca's THROUGH HER LENS program.
Adelkar’s film ‘THE LITTLE GODDESS’ was shortlisted for the 2019 BAFTA student film awards and won the Breaking Boundaries Prize at the Academy Qualifying Rhode Island International Film Festival. Her work has screened globally at venues such as the Hamptons International Film Festival, Athens International Video & Film Festival, Dharamshala International Film Festival and New York Women in Film & Television Immigrant Series amongst others.
Adelkar recently completed production on her film starring Kalieaswari Srinivasan ('DHEEPAN’, 2015 Cannes Palme d'Or). She is currently writing a feature for Guru Films and co-writing a feature for Pakistani filmmaker Sabiha Sumar.