Kicking-Balls

KICKING BALLS
(37 min) India
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Director: Vijayeta Kumar
Producer: Guneet Monga

Each year, 12 million girls are married before the age of 18. That’s 23 girls every minute. In three small villages in Rajasthan, a non-profit organization is trying to change this through football. 200 teenage girls there are playing and training regularly. What sets them apart is that almost all of them are child brides. The film explores their sisterhood and journey as they gain confidence, independence, and agency to stand up to the patriarchy and say no to child marriage. Many have fought to get their marriages annulled. What the future holds for these little girls, nobody knows. But for now, they are in charge, they are confident, and they love kicking balls!

Biographies:

Vijayeta Kumar is a film director and writer living in Mumbai. She discovered feminism in college and chauvinism in the city. Right after graduating, she assisted the award-winning director Pamela Rooks. She also discovered her flair for styling and has styled AR Rahman and Priyanka Chopra for the Oscars, magazine covers, and more. Apart from films and fashion, she has also contributed essays and articles to magazines like Conde Nast Traveler, Marie Claire and Femina. She is an independent director and writer, making short films, branded content, and music videos. Her first short film, Blouse, won the Best Short Film award at the New York Indian Film Festival. Her latest short, Sunny Side Upar, is now available on Netflix. This film is also one of the first films in India that had an all-women crew. She also made a six-part series on women start-up founders called She Builds for National Geographic and Disney Hotstar.

Guneet Monga is an Indian film producer, a BAFTA nominee, and one of the first producers from India to be invited to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Recent recipient of the second highest civilian honor of France, the Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, or Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters, she is the founder of Sikhya Entertainment, a Mumbai-based production house. She was part of the Global Media Makers fellowship by Film Independent and the US Department of State’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs. The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation awarded Guneet the prestigious Sloan Science and Film grant. She recently founded a cinema collective called Indian Women Rising aimed at discovering, amplifying, and distributing the work of Indian women filmmakers across the globe.

Contact Information:

e: vijayetakumar@gmail.com



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- THE 3 CRICKETEERS
- 12TH HOUR
- AGUAN-SUN BEHIND THE HORIZON
- ALLERGY ALERT: PARANOIA IN OUR IMMUNE SYSTEM
- THE AMERICAN DREAM AND OTHER FAIRY TALES
- AMERICAN JUSTICE ON TRIAL
- ANGOLA DO YOU HEAR US? VOICES FROM A PLANTATION PRISON
- APART
- THE ASSASSINATION OF ANNA. CRIME WITHOUT PUNISHMENT
- ATTICA
- BLURRING THE COLOR LINE
- BREE WAYY: PROMISE, WITNESS, REMEMBRANCE
- BUTTERFLY, BUTTERFLY
- THE CHILDREN IN THE PICTURES
- CODED BIAS
- COEXIST
- COVID CENTURY
- THE CREATIVE HIGH
- CROSSINGS
- A DECENT HOME
- ENDURING DEMOCRACY: THE MONTEREY PETITION
- FAIR PLAY
- FLY SO FAR
- FOG
- FOR THE BEES
- THE GHOSTS OF THE MOUNTAINS
- HUMAN KIND
- IMAGINING THE INDIAN
- THE JANES
- KICKING BALLS
- THE LONG BREAKUP
- MALDITA. A LOVE SONG TO SARAJEVO
- THE MISSION
- NEVER AGAIN PARA NADIE
- ORCHESTRATING CHANGE
- PASANG: IN THE SHADOW OF EVEREST
- THE POWER OF ACTIVISM
- THE PRICE OF CONFLICT
- RECKONINGS
- REFUGE
- REPAIRING THE WORLD: STORIES FROM THE TREE OF LIFE
- THE RESTLESS HUNGARIAN
- RICOCHET
- RUSSIA VS. RUSSIA
- SACRILEGE: THE UNHOLY RADICALIZATION OF EUROPE
- SANCTUARY
- THE SANCTUARY
- SAVING MINDS
- SENTINELS
- SIGN THE SHOW
- SILENT PANDEMIC - THE GLOBAL FIGHT AGAINST ANTIMICROBIAL RESISTANCE
- THE SPACE BETWEEN US
- STREET REPORTER
- SURVIVING THE SILENCE: THE UNTOLD STORY OF TWO WOMEN IN LOVE WHO HELPED CHANGE MILITARY POLICY
- THIS ADVENTURE CALLED CALIFORNIA
- UNCONFINED
- UNGUARDED
- US KIDS
- WHEN I GET GROWN - REFLECTIONS OF A FREEDOM RIDER
- WRITING WITH FIRE