3rd i Co-presents: Petals in the Dust

Petals in the Dust: The Endangered Indian Girls
When: Wednesday, March 9, 5:00pm – 7:30pm
Where: Fromm Hall – FR 115 – Berman Room, USF
This event is free and open to the public.

Join us for a screening of Petals in the Dust: The Endangered Indian Girls, an examination of the condition of an endangered class of people living in one of the most populous, culturally and economic vibrant countries: modern India. They come from all walks of life and share only one common trait: they are female. By 2020 there will be 20 percent more men than women.

The film explores the cultural origins of this vast genocidal crime and includes the voices of activists and gender experts. By profiling the unimaginable stories of brave survivors, viewers enter the chilling realities girls and women are currently enduring, NOW, providing a sense of urgency in helping to change status quo.

The film screening will be followed by a Q&A with producer and director Nyna Pais Caputi.

About the Director

Nyna Pais Caputi was born in India and moved to the U.S. in 2002 where she did course work in filmmaking at New York Film Academy. She has worked on several short, award-winning films including DCBA-Desi Confused by America, shot in NYC, Able, shot in Pinole, CA and Gentle Lovers, shot in San Francisco.

She also founded the Global Walk for India’s Missing Girls in 2010 in San Francisco, an international awareness campaign on the violence and genocide of Indian women that has taken place in over 25 cities and five countries.

Nyna is also the founder of The Expat Woman, an organization for international women in the U.S. She is a recipient of Women of the Year 2015, California State Assembly, District 14; and Woman of Distinction 2015, Soroptimist International of Diablo Vista, as well as MediaMaker Fellow 2014, Bay Area Video Coalition.

Petals in the Dust

Eventbrite - Petals in the Dust

Palo Alto Premier
Followed by panel discussion with filmmaker

Nyna Pais Caputi’s empowering doc examines the condition of an endangered class of people in modern India. They come from all walks of life and share only one common trait: they are female. Women from all economic backgrounds continue to lose their lives to infanticide, sex-selective abortions, starvation and medical neglect, dowry deaths, brutal gang rapes, and more. It is estimated that by 2020 there will be 20 percent more men than women in India! The film explores the cultural origins of this deeply embedded social violence, and profiles both the unimaginable stories of brave survivors, and the inspiring work of activists and gender experts who are helping to change the status quo.

Silence in the Courts

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Bay Area Premier
Followed by Q&A with the filmmaker

Prasanna Vithanage’s (With You, Without You, SFISAFF 2013) thought-provoking film is a carefully crafted inditement of institutionalized forms of power, and documents how the elite can all too often put themselves above the law. Two women from rural Sri Lanka seek justice for being sexually abused by a judge while their husbands are in custody. Vithanage’s film chronicles journalist Victor Ivan’s efforts to leverage media support for these courageous women. While succinct in its form, the film cuts exceptionally deep in terms of its analysis of how patriarchy and power work together to infect the courts, the media and the lives of Sri Lanka’s most disenfranchised citizens.

Tigers

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US Premier
Followed by Q&A with Syed Raza Aamir Hussain and Shaftaq Batool Raza, the real-life heroes behind the story

A gripping feature film based on the true story of Ayan, a young Pakistani salesman, who challenges the system when he discovers the devastating effects of the infant formula he is selling. Expertly straddling the line between documentary and fiction, this David-and-Goliath story is told partially through the eyes of a film crew making a documentary on Ayan’s astonishing findings. Bollywood star Emraan Hashmi (The Dirty Picture) and National Award-winning actress Geetanjali Thapa (Liar’s Dice, SFISAFF 2014) bring pathos, nuance and passion to their respective roles. In the hands of Oscar-winning director Danis Tanovic (No Man’s Land), this film becomes a powerful tale of a man who is willing to risk his life to expose a system where narrow interests prevail.