A momentary act of revenge transformed the lives of two young Indian women forever. After surviving an acid attack, while carrying scars of human brutality on their face, both Ritu and Faraha learn to redefine their lives through a sea of odd currents daily.
Strangely enough, Ritu’s scars also brought her some fame, she occasionally finds herself talking on television, modelling at fashion events, or featuring in a Bollywood film… still, she often feels lonely. She wants to be loved and embraces an ambiguous relationship with a fellow female acid attack survivor. On the other hand, Faraha has come to terms with her post-attack singlehood and her new lease of life. As she begins to enjoy the freedom and independence, a desire to become a mother slowly brews within her.
By intertwining the shadows and lights, and hope and hopelessness in Ritu and Faraha’s life, Ayena becomes a mirror where we can also see our own reflections.
Cast: Ritu Saini, Faraha Khan
Budapest International Documentary Festival (BIDF) January 25, 2022- World Premiere, Main Competition
Mumbai Film Festival (MAMI) March 11, 2022- Asian Premiere, Official Selection - Spotlight
Liberation Docfest Bangaladesh March 14, 2022- Cinema of the World
Kino Pavasaris March 29, 2022- Lithuanian Premiere, Panorama
Dok.fest München May 5, 2022- Dok.Horizonte Competition
Krakow Film Festival May 30, 2022- Official Selection
Director: Siddhant Sarin
Director,Producer: Siddhant Sarin is currently a scholarship student, enrolled in Docnomads masters’ course, specializing in documentary directing. He has previously studied in his academic course in DFFB (German Film and Television School, Berlin) pursuing cinematography. Before DFFB, he was studying at FAMU – National Film School of Czech Republic. He graduated from Government Law College, Mumbai before pursuing his film-making career. His debut feature length documentary, ‘Ayena (Mirror)’ premiered in festivals such as Budapest International Documentary Festival (BIDF), Kino Pavasaris, Dokfest München, Mumbai Film Festival (MAMI), Krakow Film Festival, amongst others.
Director: Debankon S. Solanky
Co-Director: Debankon S. Solanky has studied Graphic Design from MIT Institute of Design and did his Post graduation in Creative Documentary from Sri Aurobindo Centre for Arts and Communication. He has Directed and Produced several short documentaries like ’28’ in 2018. ‘The Crow, the Swan, the Snake’, ‘We Came Here To Make God’, in 2019. His film ‘The Crow, the Swan, the Snake’ got a special mention at the Kolkata International Short Film Festival, 2019.