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About Suma’s Story

Runtime: 11 minutes

Language: English

Genre: Documentary

In March of 2015, Ms. Media Productions traveled to rural Bangalore, India to document the plights of destitute girls from local villages, who are given an opportunity for a new life at the Sahara Deepika Foundation for Education. Highlighting the power of an education in a girl’s life, this project focuses on the story of Suma. Suma was abandoned at the doorstep of the institute by her mother at the age of 4. Overcoming feelings of desperation to be reunited with her mother, Suma finds hope at the institute and now has a bright future ahead of her.

This project was made possible with the help of a local crew in Bangalore and was shot in just three days with a restricted budget. In January 2016, Ms. Media returned to Bangalore to continue documenting the lives, struggles and successes of the girls at Sahasra Deepika.

In March of 2015, Ms. Media Productions traveled to rural Bangalore, India to document the plights of destitute girls from local villages, who are given an opportunity for a new life at the Sahara Deepika Foundation for Education. Highlighting the power of an education in a girl’s life, this project focuses on the story of Suma. Suma was abandoned at the doorstep of the institute by her mother at the age of 4. Overcoming feelings of desperation to be reunited with her mother, Suma finds hope at the institute and now has a bright future ahead of her.

This project was made possible with the help of a local crew in Bangalore and was shot in just three days with a restricted budget. In January 2016, Ms. Media returned to Bangalore to continue documenting the lives, struggles and successes of the girls at Sahasra Deepika.

Cast: Suma, Mr. T.V. and Mrs. Vijaya Ramakrishna, Sarva Rajendra

Director: Monika Samtani

Monika Samtani is president and founder of Ms. Media, an international firm in Washington, D.C. Monika is well known in the Indian American community as a trailblazer for her achievements in the media industry for 25+ years. In the early 1990’s, she was one of the first professional South Asian broadcast journalists in Washington, D.C., ranked the top 7 news market in the United States. In 2010, Monika was recognized at the Mid-Atlantic region’s Television, Internet & Video Association (TIVA) D.C. Peer Awards as one of the best and brightest in the fields of film, video, and the Internet. She was the October 2013 cover feature of Washington FAMILY Magazine, and was honored with Maryland’s 2002 ‘Achievement in Public Information’ Award for her reporting during the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the DC Sniper attacks that paralyzed the community. Monika is a keynote speaker at many events that encourage and inspire women entrepreneurs, and is passionate about underprivileged girl’s education causes around the world. She is excited to make her debut as a film producer and director with her short documentary, ‘Suma’s Story: It’s Her Turn’.