Programme 2019


Director: Sapna Moti Bhavnani


Asia Premiere

Section: India Story

Country: India | Year: 2019

Language(s): English, Sindhi | Time: 64 mins


Writer, director, producer, and hairstylist Sapna Bhavnani tells the story of her ancestral community, the Sindhis, through personal stories and illustrations on skin – tattoos. Forced by the Partition of 1947 to either convert to Islam and remain in Sindh, Pakistan, or migrate to India and assemble with its dominant culture, Sindhis have experienced the slow death of their culture and language. Inspired by a personal conversation with her grandmother, Bhavnani begins to ink her legs using one art form from Sindh (Ajrak) and one from India (Madhubani), to tell the story of a land carried on the shoulders of its people and not rooted in any soil. This is the story of the largest migration of a culture in history, told through ink.


Director's Bio

Sapna Moti Bhavnani is an actor, spoken word artist, hair stylist, writer, director, producer and change-maker. In 2016, she was awarded a SAVVY I Believe Felicitation and the Fempowerment Award for starting a free hair academy called Path to train former sex workers. Bhavnani was the creative producer for the award-winning film Mehsampur (2018), and is writing a book tentatively titled Chapter One. She begins the festival journey with the documentary Sindhustan, her directorial debut. It was picked as one of the 24 films to pitch at Docedge Kolkata, where it won the Griffith Film School Award.