SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — “Petals in the Dust: The Endangered Indian Girls,” directed by Nyna Pais Caputi, will have its world premiere at the 14th San Francisco Documentary Film Festival scheduled for June 4 to 18.
“Petals in the Dust: The Endangered Indian Girls” highlights how the preference for sons in India, as well as the Indian Diaspora in North America, leads to intolerance for girls, manifesting itself in discrimination, sex-selection, violence and "femicide."
The film is Caputi’s personal journey to understand and shed light on the origins and the enormity of the war against Indian women.
When her own journey led to her to explore adopting children from India, she was confronted with stark gender inequality norms and difficult realities such as infanticide, according to a press release.
Instead of standing by, she began the epic project of writing, directing, producing, and releasing a documentary that explores the layers of gender inequality in India, and also tells the stories of women who have found ways to overcome difficult realities.
As she researched her film and learned about atrocities such as killing of women and girls in India and globally, she decided to found the Global Walk for India's Missing Girls.
Now in its fifth year, it has become an international awareness campaign on the violence and genocide of Indian women that has taken place in over 25 cities and five countries.
Later, when she moved to San Francisco and couldn't find a group for international women interested in pursuing entrepreneurial endeavors, she took it upon herself to launch "The Expat Woman" as a group where women can hear from other women and can showcase their own ventures and products.
Caputi has been recognized for her leadership and tenacity with honors including selection as a "2015 Woman of Distinction" by Soroptimist International of Diablo and a "Women of the Year" award by the California State Assembly.