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IN THEATERS: Shorts Program 2

April 17th, 2022   AFS Cinema


April 22-25th, 2022    Eventive

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Testimony of Ana

India I 17  mins I Romance, Drama I 2022 I Hindi w/

English subtitles

Anaben Pawar is an elderly tribal woman accused of witchcraft in rural India.


Through Ana's story, we delve into a deep-rooted culture of patriarchy and examine one of the most monstrous attacks on women's bodies in modern India: the witch-hunt.

This film plays with SHORTS PROGRAM 2, in theaters and with the A MATTER OF SURVIVAL program online. 

NOTE: This film is coming to theaters and our virtual cinema.  

About the Artist

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Sachin is an engineer turned filmmaker from India. He is currently studying and practicing film at The University of Texas- Austin as part of the MFA
program in Film & Media Production. His short documentary, THE BUBBLEMAN, premiered at SXSW Denius Longhorn Showcase in 2019
and has played many festivals, including in Cine Las Americas Int'l Film Festival, Cinequest, & the 13th Annual Lone Star Film Festival.


He also attended the Summer Filmmaking Initiation workshop at the Film & TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts, Prague. He strives to tell stories that demand urgent conversation and seeks to engage with people, places, and communities that are slowly disappearing. Through cinema, he aims to affirm their existence by preserving their lives and memories.

He is a recipient of the prestigious President's Award for Global Learning for his upcoming thesis film. He is also a recipient of the Austin Film
Society Grant for his pre-thesis film, TESTIMONY OF ANA.

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