Sindhustan

CANADIAN PREMIERE

INDIA • 2019 • 61 MIN DOCUMENTARY • ENGLISH

dir.: Sapna Moti Bhavnani | cin.: Vishal Verma | ed.: Kabir Singh | mus.: Sumair Zubairy | prod.: Kabir Singh Chowdhry, Sapna Moti Bhavnani

SAPANA MOTI BHAVNANI

FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 1:15 PM • SCREEN A

Sindhustan is the story of the largest cultural migration in history, told through ink — through the power of tattoos.

“A decade or so ago, I was visiting India after living in America for 14 years. My body was considerably inked. One afternoon, while lunching with my grandmother, I found myself desperately trying to cover my tattoos. She caressed my ink, smiled and said, ‘Sapna, you’re so old-fashioned. You know, when we first came as a human race, we all had our markings, we all looked like you. I’m happy to see you are going back to our roots — your roots.’… All this time, as I was getting inked, I thought I was rebelling against Indian culture and its expectations… That afternoon changed me forever. My documentary includes many stories; some from India, some from Sindh, along with my own stories illustrated on my skin. I aim to ink my legs using an art form from Sindh (Ajrak) and one from India (Madhubani) to tell the story of a land carried on the shoulders of its people, not rooted in any soil. My legs, symbolizing our journey and my feet, our lack of roots.” Sapna Moti Bhavnani Actor, spoken word artist, hairstylist, writer, director, producer, visionary and change maker, SAPNA MOTI BHAVNANI embodies it all. She navigates both mainstream success and the underground youth art and culture movements with the same ease. Ageless, fearless and forever metamorphosing in her endeavours, Sapna has also recently begun speaking with the voice of an activist. She was given the IBelieve and the FemEmpowerment awards for her work with ex-sex workers by starting a free hair academy called Path. She is currently writing a book tentatively called Chapter One and was the Creative Producer for award-winning film Mehsampur. She is now accompanying Sindhustan, her directorial debut, on the international festival circuit. Sindhustan was picked as one of the 24 films to pitch at DocEdge Kolkata, where it won The Griffith Film School Award.