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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.

Director's Statement:

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. 

Bhalchandra Sawant
Executive Producer
Sunila Sawant
Executive Producer
Ruhi aka Rohini Hak
Associate Producer
Preeti Patil
Associate Producer
Vijay Patil
Associate Producer
Kalpesh Madhukar More
Assistant Director
Line Producer
Rajaram Desai
Research Expert
Avinash Tilkar
Still Photography
Cheng Jin
Drone Operator
Still Photography
Rajkumar Patil
Assistant Camera
Sahishnu Tongaonkar
Sound Recorderist
Prashant Nayar
Sound Forest Studios
Sound Design
Saurabh Kajrekar
Buss In Recording Studio
Sound Engineer
Anuja Desai
Closed Captions
Social Media Strategist
Sharvari Prabhu
Music Composer
Jai Gosar
Ankita Brahme
Lead Singer
Backing Vocals
Satej Karandikar
Abhishek Nalawade
Lead Singer
Backing Vocals
Shikha Joshi
Backing Vocals