Ravneet “Sippy” Chadha is an Indian residing in Nairobi. A qualified and experienced financial adviser, Ravneet, found her true calling in film making. Her short film, ʻSubira won 15 awards both within Africa and internationally.
It is a movie about an 11-year-old Muslim girl who comes of age and is expected to conform to the rules of the community. The movie beautifully depicts the emotions of a girl who is confused between what she wants and what is expected from her.
The movie was shot I n Lamu, a small town which is a part of the Lamu Archipelago of Kenya. Lamu is primarily a Muslim town and has been a significant center for the study of Islamic and Swahili cultures. The town is unique for its architecture, which is characterized by inner courtyards, verandas, and elaborately carved wooden doors. There are no roads on the island, just alleyways and footpaths and therefore there are few motorized vehicles on the island.
In this short 12-minute movie, Ravneet has aesthetically depicted the characteristic ,norms, culture of the town and the community.
We present here the interview with the director, Ravneet, her journey about Subira and her future plans about film-making.
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