Testimony of Ana

Testimony of Ana
Student & Debut Competition
Sachin Dheeraj Mudigonda
Sachin Dheeraj Mudigonda
Janani Vijayanathan
Sachin Dheeraj Mudigonda
Rohin Raveendran Nair
Shreyank Nanjappa
Production info: 
Kinostreet, The University of Texas at Austin
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Sachin Dheeraj Mudigonda

Anaben Pawar is an elderly tribal woman accused of witchcraft in rural India. Her story exposes the deep-rooted culture of patriarchy in India, and one of the most monstrous attacks on women's bodies: the witch-hunt.

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Sachin Dheeraj Mudigonda is an engineer-turned-filmmaker from India. He is currently studying and practicing film at the University of Texas at Austin, as part of their MFA program in Film & Media Production. His short documentary The Bubbleman premiered at SXSW Denius Longhorn Showcase in 2019, and has played at many festivals. He strives to tell stories that demand an urgent conversation and seeks to engage with people, places and communities that are slowly disappearing. Through cinema, he aims to affirm their existence by preserving their lives and memories. He is a recipient of the prestigious President's Award for Global Learning for his upcoming Untitled VR Thesis Film. He is also a recipient of the Austin Film Society Grant, and a nominee of the Kodak Cinematography Grant for his pre-thesis film, Testimony of Ana.