Pakistani documentary How She Moves to make its Turkish debut at Foça Film Days

Updated 20 Oct, 2021 06:54pm

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The short film, directed by Anya Raza and Aisha Linnea, is about Indu Mitha, a 90-year-old Bharatanatyam dance teacher.

Photo: How She Moves documentary
Photo: How She Moves documentary

How She Moves, a documentary directed by Aisha Linnea and Anya Raza, will be making its Turkish premiere at the Foça International Archaeology and Cultural Heritage Documentary Film Days in Izmir, Turkey from October 20 to 26.

Foça Film Days aims to help raise awareness about the importance of heritage conservation, promote multiculturalism and intercultural understanding. It also aims to encourage filmmakers in documenting world heritage. Its theme for 2021 is 'But is it Local? Local Culture and World Heritage'.

How She Moves will be screening live on October 21 and will feature a Q&A with the directors and dancer/choreographer Tehreema Mitha.

The film itself is about Indu Mitha, a 90-year-old Bharatanatyam dance teacher as she prepares for her final dance performance in Islamabad. This film explores the broad and transformative impact of her teaching, though is not an ethnographic representation of her unique dance style.

Since the film’s release in October 2021, How She Moves has toured over 15 festivals, won the Excellence in Short Documentary Filmmaking Award at the Asian American International Film Festival and Best International Documentary at Regina International Film Festival & Awards, the Impact Award at Dance Camera North as well as an Honourable Mention at Women’s Voices Now. How She Moves will travel on to the San Francisco Dance Film Festival at the end of October.

Updates on the film are available on Instagram while all inquiries on Indu Mitha can be directed to her daughter.