April 22-25th, 2022
U For Usha
India I 22 mins I Drama, Romance I 2019 I Marathi w/ English subtitles
Usha, an illiterate single mother who works as a farm labourer in rural India, feels drawn to a female teacher of local primary school, in ways she'd never imagined. This attraction fires her passion to read and write, as she hopes to be as good as the teacher, one day.
‘U Ushacha’ is a subtle portrayal of sexual awakening, as well as how these new feelings can empower a woman to take control of her life, making each day something to look forward to.
This film plays with the LGBTQ+ Stories shorts program online.
About the Artist
After completing a diploma in Interior Designing, Rohan Kanawade spent as much time as
possible honing his storytelling craft, despite having no formal training in filmmaking.
In 2010, he left his full-time job and invested his time in writing and direction. Film after film the quality and technique of his storytelling improved, and in 2017 his short, KHIDKEE, was selected in Indian Panorama of IFFI, Goa. Impressed by his work, mythology writer Devdutt Pattanaik extended his financial support to Rohan’s next short U USHACHA, which he completed in mid-January 2019.