Fri 18 Aug 6.00 PM: Indian Women Claiming Spaces

FRIDAY 18 AUGUST 6.00 pm
INDIAN WOMEN CLAIMING SPACES + panel discussion with Geetha J (director, Akam), Vaishnavi Sundar (director, Aage Jake LeftWomen Making Films), Manuela Bastian (director, Where to, Miss?), and Viji Rajagopalan (Domestic Violence Intervention Project). Chaired by Rasika Ajotikar (SOAS).

Akam (Inside) UK PREMIERE
Director: Geetha J / 2007 / India / Rating: U / 12 mins / English and Malayalam with subtitles
A visual poem, an intergenerational portrait of three women. The focus is on the akam – the inside or the domestic space.


Aage Jake Left (Go Ahead and Take Left)
Director: Vaishnavi Sundar / 2017 / India / Rating: U / 5 mins / Hindi with subtitles
Anju is a traffic constable in the north-eastern state of Sikkim, where women have more freedoms than those in many parts of India.

Where to, Miss?
Director: Manuela Bastian / 2015 / Germany / Rating: 12 / 83 mins / Hindi with subtitles


Devki’s biggest wish is to become a taxi driver – she wants to ensure other women can travel around Delhi in safety, and would like to be financially independent. While striving for her goal, she must contend with opposition from the men in her life and the deeply-rooted traditions of society. Where to, Miss? follows the story of this courageous young woman over a period of three years, as she navigates the roles traditionally assigned to women whilst trying to maintain a sense of her own identity.

German Human Rights Film Award – Higher Education (2016)
Audience Award, Filmfestival Kitzbuehel (2016)
Granit Documentary Award, Hof International Film Festival (2015)