The Shape of Water: A documentary by Kum-Kum Bhavnani Narrated by Susan Sarandon

Date:     Tuesday, February - 19, 2008
Time:    3.30 p.m.
Location:   370 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley

CSAS Public Film & Documentary Series

Center for South Asia Studies, Gender & Women’s Studies Beatrice Bain Research Group, and Society for Art & Cultural Heritage of India (SACHI)

A documentary by Kum-Kum Bhavnani
Narrated by Susan Sarandon

A story of five women in India, Brazil, Jerusalem and Senegal

who defy societal taboos to change their communities

Kum-Kum Bhavnani is a Professor of Sociology at UC Santa Barbara and a film-maker. Her first documentary, THE SHAPE OF WATER, premiered at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in 2006, and has since toured internationally with screenings in Durban, New York, Los Angeles, Barcelona and Rome. Her film was supported by grants from UCSB, the LEF Foundation, the Ford Foundation as well as private donors.

Bhavnani grew up in England, and since age 18 she worked on anti-racist, international, feminist and trade union issues. She was an invited participant at the 2001 Durban World Conference against Racism.

Kum kum Bhavnani earned her Ph.D from Cambridge University (King’s College) in 1988 and published her first book, Talking Politics in 1991.

Screening followed by Q&A with Director