Akshaya Sawant | Director, Producer, Editor
Akshaya Sawant is a multimedia artist from Mumbai, India. She received her Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts with a major in painting. She is a Dean's Fellow and received her MFA from Emerson College, Boston in May 2019. Her first feature documentary Talking To The Wind has received The Virgin Unite Social Impact Film Fund (2017, 2018) and won the Platinum Remi Award in social/economic films category at the 53rd WorldFest Houston International Film Festival. She currently resides and works in the United States.
After seeing my friend in Boston throw a gallon of fresh drinking water in trash due to the inconvenience of carrying it, I realized how the mindset differed due to the abundance of resources available around us. I decided to bridge that gap by shooting the simple act of bringing home a pot of water in the drought prone state of Maharashtra in India.
I soon learnt that climate change disproportionately affects women, and reserached about the status of women in the rural communities. My mother was born in a village in rural Maharashtra, but her parents sent her to Mumbai to study and make a life for herself. If it wasn’t for that very important decision, my fate could have been similar to these women. Through this film, I want to give them their voice back which is otherwise robbed off.