From a graffiti artist protesting domestic violence in Brazil to a dancer rehabilitating sex-trafficking survivors in India, LITTLE STONES takes viewers on a global journey inside the lives and studios of four women fighting for equality.
LITTLE STONES, directed by EMMY® Award-winning filmmaker Sophia Kruz, follows the uplifting stories of four women using rap, graffiti, fashion and dance to fight for women’s rights around the world.
Graffiti artist PANMELA CASTRO has risen to the top of the male-dominated graffiti world in Brazil by using street art to raise awareness about domestic violence.
SOHINI CHAKRABORTY is a dance therapist in India who is helping young sex-trafficking survivors learn to regain respect of their bodies again – through dance.
Senegalese hip-hop star and activist SISTER FA tours throughout West Africa, using her fame to spark a dialogue around the taboo subject of female genital mutilation.
American fashion designer ANNA TAYLOR was a college student when she founded Judith & James, which trains and employs impoverished Kenyan women to produce high fashion clothing. At 22, Taylor debuted her collection at New York Fashion Week.
Awards & Notable Events:
Winner, Best Documentary, Vail Film Festival (USA)
Winner, Best Foreign Documentary, Female Eye Film Festival (Canada)
Winner, Award of Excellence, Impact Docs Awards (USA)
Winner, Humanitarian Award, Docutah International Film Festival (USA)
Winner, Best of Festival, Zonta Film Festival (Canada)
Winner, Audience Award for Best Documentary, Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival (USA)
Nominated, Best Feature, High Peak Independent Film Festival (UK)
Nominated, Best Documentary, High Peak Independent Film Festival (UK)
Nominated, Best Female Director, Black Star International Film Festival (Ghana)
Nominated, Best Documentary, Greenwich International Film Festival (USA)
Official Selection, San Francisco Jewish Film Festival (USA)
SELECT SCREENINGS & CONFERENCES
United Nations NGO Commission on the Status of Women Parallel Event (March 2018)
United States Congressional Screening, Washington DC (March 2018)
Zonta International North American Meeting, Washington DC (June 2017)
TEDx University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI (February 2017)
RECOMMENDED BY VIDEO LIBRARIAN
"Sophia Kruz takes the title of her documentary from a saying by suffragist Alice Paul about the women’s movement being like the stones that make up a mosaic. Fatou Diatta, aka Sister Fa, uses hip-hop to shed light on the cultural practice of female genital mutilation. On a radio show, she explains that she moved from Dakar to Berlin to be with her Austrian husband, but her travel schedule contributes to their separation during the film. Panmela Castro, a graffiti artist in Rio de Janeiro, describes Brazilian street culture as a macho scene, but she has earned the respect of her male compatriots, bringing other women along with her. Panmela’s independence stands in stark contrast to a past dominated by domestic abuse, but since Brazil had not yet enacted domestic violence legislation, her ex-husband never faced any legal ramifications. Sohini Chakraborty, a dance movement therapist in Kolkata, believes that dance can prove helpful to victims of sexual abuse. Over the past 10 years, she has trained five students to become instructors themselves. Anna Taylor, who founded the clothing company Judith & James, works exclusively with seamstresses in Nairobi. Although she hails from Little Rock, AR, she spent much of her youth in Kenya, inspiring her to create job opportunities for women in the area. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, executive director of United Nations Women, believes that art is an empowering mechanism, because it is universal. While the profiled women have had to make personal sacrifices during their careers, they have all found ways to help other women through their art. An inspiring documentary, this is recommended." - K. Fennessy for Video Librarian
WHAT THE PRESS IS SAYING:
“Emmy Award-winning LA based filmmaker Sophia Kruz paints a gripping, realistic picture of crimes against women with her inspirational feature-length documentary film entitled “Little Stones”… the film is expertly done and a must see.” - Screen Anarchy
“A march of solidarity for female artists, entrepreneurs, and philanthropists across the globe...Uplifting… Through art, creativity and self-expression, we learn that any hurdle can be overcome.” - Crossfader Magazine