Mission StatementWe are a highly diverse group of men & women from around the world hailing from India to the US. Our team is dedicated to honestly portraying a confident independent woman defending herself against the violence brought on by the male gaze.
About The Project
Fatima tells the story of an ancient warrior who leaves her village to seek a life of freedom in the desert. Based on the sacred symbol of the evil eye, "Hamsa", the Hand of Fatima tells the origin of the iconic imagery.
a legendary warrior who has taken refuge in the desert to avoid the oppressive nature of her village. She has come into the care of a small child and long earned the legend of "the Desert Owl."
Three Men from the Village :: Saheed, Hakim, & Ghazi
Saheed & Hakim are old friends from the village and they have coereced Ghazi, Saheed's brother, to join them on a trip into the desert to trick weary travellers into bad deals or even outright robbery.
FATIMA - played by Anuksha Pushparaj Shetty
Anuksha Pushparaj Shetty is a Mumbai-based theatre actor and writer. She has received training in acting from Maneesh Verma, Joy Sengupta and others, in Voiceover and Diction from Anil Mani (Voiceworks), in Commedia dell’arte from Daniel Irrizary, in Bharatnatyam from Nalanda Bharatnatyam Nrutya Niketan and in Movement Arts from the prestigious Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts.
She has appeared in several independent shorts. Her recent acting credit in television web includes ‘Alisha’ in DBS Sparks (2020). Highlights of her theatre credits include Anton Antonovich in Actor’s Cult’s ’The Inspector General’ (2019), ‘Devi ‘in Rangaai Theatre Company’s ’Darkroom 2.0-Poojo’ (2018 & 2019), Kali in Pontemol Production’s ’Black, white and life in between’ (2019 ), ‘Innocence’ (2018) and ‘For what will destroy you’ (2019) which were showcased in THESPO youth festival.
SAHEED - played by Upen Chauhan
Upen Chauhan is an Indian theatre artist and a film & television actor who hails from Noida, India. He completed his Engineering in Computer Science from Amity University, Noida and MBA with specialisation in Operations Management from Mahatma Gandhi University.
He started his career in acting as a theater actor, and later moved on to work in various Hindi TV serials and digital series. In the past 3 years, he has worked in over 47 projects including Bhaukaal, The Forgotten Army – Azaadi ke Liye, 377 AbNormal, Yeh Teri Galliyan, Panchali, Yeh hai Chahatein, Super V, Pavitra Bhagya, Bepannah, Alt Balaji’s Hum and a many more series’ and received a lot of admiration for his performances.
He was an entrepreneur for 7 years before he got into professional acting. In 2015, he started part-time theatre alongside his well-established business. Two years later, he moved on to pursue acting professionally full time. Currently, he is working with Balaji Telefilms in the new series Yeh Hai Chahatein.
HAKIM - played by Rohan Verma
Rohan Verma is a Mumbai based Indian film and theatre actor and a voice artist. He has also worked as an editor and sound designer for shorts, features and various other digital content. He trained in the filmmaking process during his graduation in Media Studies from Symbiosis International University and later specialised in acting and theatre-making from Jamia, MCRC.
His has played pivotal characters in web series like 'Bhak' on Hooq, Date gone wrong season 2 on Eros now. His latest feature film Vidhaan is being celebrated around the world while his potrayal of the protagonist 'Akshar' has been awarded at various festivals. His other award winning short films streaming on various platforms, include Kashish, Tonight's Special, Amar Niwas, Kali, Sepia to name a few. His feature film credit includes Thethar, Baked-the film, Badi-Al-Zaman and Vidhaan. He is also a regular face in TVCs and youth based quirky platforms like Being Indian, Filtercopy and Scoopwhoop. He is also the official voice in Hindi for Sonic the hedgehog and has dubbed in Hindi for films like Dora the explorer, Overload, Primal Fears and many other Turkish, Korean and regional series.
His love for stage has allowed him to push his boundaries as an artist. His 45 minute solo 'Bachon ke Khat Mahatma Gandhi ke Naam' opened at the K.A Abbas festival. He short solo Bapu was showcased at Thespo 21. His current digital theatre project 'Parables of Sinister Misdeed commited in this House' Directed by Atul kumar is crossing boundaries between live, virtual, immersive and video art. He has performed in 11 plays with more than 300 shows around the country.
GHAZI - played by Divya Kharnare
Divya Kharnare is a young graduate who has worked for Youtube Channels such as 'BhaDiPa' & 'Bha2Pa' as a Actor, Writer, Director. He started early in college by participating in 'Theatre' and from then, worked in both fiction as well as non-fiction content, handling comedy sketches, travel videos, short films, music videos and short documentaries as well.
As an actor, he has acted in different web shows for Amazon Prime, MX Player, Youtube, etc. The shows are 'Hostel Daze', 'Immature' and 'Kota Factory'. As brands are concerned, he has worked for Ads by 'Domino's Pizza', 'Disney Hotstar', 'Maggi' and 'Freefire Official'. He loves 'World Cinema' and is inspired by the works of Werner Herzog and Wes Anderson. In future, he aims towards becoming an actor who would like to play shades of various characters and also write for web shows.
We are an International filmmaking collective hailing from New York to Chennai. Every member of our team is freelance and has years of experience working on a variety of projects ranging from feature narratives, documentaries, commercials, music videos, fashion films, and short films.
PROBLEM & SOLUTION
We created a story we wanted to tell however the United States was not conducive to locations nor talent. After speaking with several relatives & friends our writer, JT, discovered a strong filmmaking network in India excited to work with us all. This is why we have chosen to come to India and work with the people who can better relate to the story, culture, & region of the story and help us tell it more honestly.
All pre-production logistics, hiring crew, and renting gear.
We are confident with our script that we can accomplish all principal photography in two to three days.
Our Post Production will be given ample time to deliver the best possible product for everyone.
(based on US NY prices and subject to change [USD])
Sub-Total = $28,780
Travel & Living
Food & Amenities
Art & Production Design
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted everyone deeply. Our Writer/Director is a Certified Covid Compliance Officer and has created a strict set of COVID-19 set safety procedures and protocols, which will be enforced on set by our Covid Compliance Officer (COO) and Set Medic (SM). Each crew will be in their own pod, with rotating hand-washing breaks, separate meals and expendables, and sanitation supplies constantly available on set. All cast and crew will be required to test COVID-negative before arriving on set. Any breach in protocol that is not immediately rectified by the offending party will result in immediate dismissal from the set.
From a location perspective, we are shooting in Gadisar Lake, Rajasthan, India. Which is currently in Green status. If this status reverts back to Red, we will postpone shooting dates until it is in Green again.
From an employment perspective, the COVID-19 pandemic has had an especially exhaustive impact on the world of freelance artists, many of whom make up our Cast and Crew. Hundreds of thousands of entertainment workers are currently unemployed. We are partially creating this film during this time to employ women and POC crew members at a time when employment opportunities are scarce. Approximately 50% of our fundraising goal solely covers wages for Cast and Crew.
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About This Team
We are a unique collective of filmmakers and entrepreneurs from around the world. Our team hails from Chennai, India to NY, USA and back again. A key to our success is a dedication to inclusion at every level and an appreciation for listening.
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