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“I want girls to look at me and think they can achieve anything they want," says 17-year-old Rani, from Varanasi, India. Her family has been destined to wash clothing by the caste culture of their society. But growing up in a community that believes girls should stay at home, do chores, and get married, doesn't stop her. Rani is determined to finish school and go to college. As we follow Rani, she gives us an intimate glimpse of her hopes, frustrations, and dreams.

This project is part of the Oculus VR for Good Creators Lab program in partnership with Malala Fund.

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Sadah Espii Proctor


Director: Sadah Espii Proctor
Executive Producer: Amy Seidenwurm
Producer: Skye Von, Paula Cuneo, Lauren Burmaster
Cinematographer: Sadah Espii Proctor
Editor: Jhernie Evangelista / Temme Media
Sound Designer: Maria Claudia Mora, Tovi Rodríguez / BtOVEN MUSIC
Music: Arian Saleh, Susmita Chakraborty, Sandip Bhattacharjee
Principal Cast: Rani Kanujia (as herself)
Additional Credits: Line Producer: Skye Von / little GIANT wolf, Associate Producer: Averie Timm, Post Production: Flight School, 360 Production Sound Recordist: Laura Cunningham, India Production Coordinator: Taposh Roy / Milaan Foundation , Production/Camera Assistant: Natalie Au , Production Assistant: : Rahul Verma , Assistant Editor: Jeremy Gross , Quill Animator: Micah Milner / Art 404 , Post Supervisor: Skye Von / little GIANT Wolf


Public Film Contact
Amy Seidenwurm
Publicity Contact
Eliza Kern
+1 240-599-6239
Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband

Year: 2019
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Genre: Documentary, Experimental
Screening in: Virtual Cinema Program
Screening Section: Virtual Cinema Competition
Screening Category: Virtual Reality
Country: India
Language: English
Runtime: 08:04 mins