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About Blaming and Shaming

Runtime: 11 minutes

Language: English

Genre: Short

In a modern portrayal of events following Sita’s rescue from her abductor Ravana, as detailed in the Hindu epic poem The Ramayana, Sita finds herself in therapy and wrestles with the psychological effects of her abduction and slut shaming, leaving her with even more questions than answers.

Despite the connection to the characters’ ancient Hindu origin stories, this tale is relatable to so many as the themes in the tale continue to repeat, even today.

Because these topics are sensitive by definition, viewers may find themselves in a place of discomfort and hopefully will learn a little about themselves through that discomfort.

*Contains adult language and mature themes, not suitable for children

Cast: Joya Joseph Key Cas t"Sita"Swagger, Thumb War!, Pressure Cooked Amy Paquette Key Cast "Dr. Molly Scanlon"Thumb War! Tripti Bansal Key Cast "Draupdi" Varun Aggarwal Key Cast "Rama"

Awards:

Cineville Calcutta Global Cinefest Kolkata India WINNER: BEST SHORT FILM, BEST EDITING, BEST DIRECTOR, BEST PRODUCER, BEST ACTRESS

Black Swan International Film Festival Kolkata India WINNER: OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT-ACTRESS, CRITICS' CHOICE, BEST POSTER

San Francisco Arthouse Short Festival-July 2022 San Francisco United States WINNER: BEST FIRST TIME FILMMAKER

Best Istanbul Film Festival Istanbul, Turkey WINNER: BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC

NJ Film Awards- July 2022Online-New Jersey United States WINNER: BEST ACTRESS IN A SHORT, BEST FEMALE FILMMAKER, BEST POSTER

NJ Film Awards- July 2022 Online-New Jersey United States WINNER: BEST ACTRESS IN A SHORT, BEST FEMALE FILMMAKER, BEST POSTER

Director: Joya Joseph

Joya Joseph (she/her) is a first generation Indian American female first time filmmaker currently living in North Carolina. Her parents moved to the US in the late 60s from West Bengal. When growing up, houses of worship (temples or ‘mandir’) in the Hindu community, much less the subsections of the Hindu community, were hard to come by so she learned a lot about her religion through reading and talking with her parents. Clearly open minded regarding religion, she married a South Indian Catholic man.

She attended Quaker school in Philadelphia as a child and a Quaker women’s college outside of Philadelphia (Bryn Mawr College), though she grew up in New Jersey. The Quaker influence really added to an artistic household. Fast forward to now, when she has decided to pursue a career in acting and has simultaneously found a love of writing and filmmaking. She is eager to continue telling stories that center women, people of color and other marginalized people.