September 1, 2008
It is all celebrations at Kaaya films as Subira Short Film, by written and directed by Ravneet Chadha, has won its fifth award, The Bronze Mboni award for Best Children’s film, in the just concluded Lola Kenya Screen Film Festival whose jury comprised of children from the East and Central Africa.
August 13, 2008
All the entries will be FREE as it is part of involving children in film production and improving their status in the society.
August 8, 2008
You are invited to watch Subira at the Alliance Francaise Monday, 11th August 2008 at at 2:00 p.m.
Entry is FREE
Please note that the time has been changed from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
August 5, 2008
August 4, 2008
July 30, 2008
Subira Latest screening will be at the Palm Springs Short Film Festivalin L.A. California, USA on August 26 at 11:30 am at the Camelot Theater.
July 21, 2008
July 8, 2008
Q1. What inspired you to shoot in Lamu?
Ans. To me, Lamu with its narrow and untouched streets represented the human mind in fear that keeps us small and narrow and fears expansion and growth. The town sits at the edge of the ever-expansive Indian Ocean, that to me was symbolic of the freedom and expansion that we are born to.
Q2. What made you write the story? Where you raised Muslim?
Ans. The story is a personal one that I experienced myself. No I was not raised as a Muslim. To me, the Bui Bui is again symbolic of the cage of conformity that we find ourselves in. I grew up in a British boarding school where i was sent at the age of 5 yrs in India. On coming home for the holidays, I could see things from an outsiders perspective and noticed how important the role of the society was, in keeping people to conform to one narrow way of life and if anyone wanted to be different, eyebrows were raised to keep that person in line.
July 7, 2008
It had a wonderful audience from both the local and international audiences most of who said it was of a very high quality.
Above The Writer/Director Ms. Ravneet Chadha presenting Subira Short film in Zanzibar International film Festival
July 6, 2008
June 25, 2008
June 23, 2008
- Kenya International Film Festival in Nairobi, Kenya
- Amakula International Film Festival in Kampala, Uganda
- Brooklyn Arts Film Festival in Brooklyn, USA
- Cannes Short Film Corner, France
- Zanzibar International Film Festival, Zanzibar, Tanzania
- Flying Broom International Women’s Film Festival, Turkey
- Cypress Film Festival, Cypress
- Obenhausen International Film Festival
- Osian's Cinefan in New Delhi, India
- Palm Springs International Film festival, Palm Springs, California USA
- Flying Broom International Women’s Film Festival
- Lola Kenya Screens in Nairobi, Kenya
- Chicago International Film Festival in Chicago, USA
- Tehran International Short Film Festival in Tehran, Iran
- Africa in the Picture in Amsterdam, Netherlands
June 20, 2008
May 28, 2008
May 27, 2008
Ravneet was in financial services until four years ago when she had a powerful urge to tell her stories through film. She formed a production company KAAYA FILMS in 2004. She is inspired to make a difference through her films. Since then has produced four films and has written and directed two films. Her latest film, SUBIRA, won 'The Best Short film’ award at its film festival debut at the Kenya International Film Festival in October 2007 and won ‘The Golden Impala Award’ for the Best East African Short Film at the Amakula Kampala International Film Festival, Uganda. It also screened at the CANNES Short Film Corner. It is currently being submitted to film festivals worldwide.
SUBIRA has also had tremendous success with audiences in Europe. It was screened in Brussels as part of an African film festival and was highly acclaimed as audiences could relate to the three aspects of women showed in the film.
Ravneet is inspired to make films that expand peoples’ consciousness and help transform the world we live in. Ravneet is currently the writing a feature film script for SUBIRA. She is a founder member of HOT SUN FOUNDATION which is the non-profit trust, that trains youth in the slums in the skills of video filming such as scripting, acting and camerawork. Her current focus is the SUBIRA feature film project, for which she is the writer and Director.
May 25, 2008
• SUBIRA (2007) an award-winning short narrative film about the four phases of a woman, the innocent child, the traditional mother, the wise and compassionate granny and the rebellious young girl. It is currently being submitted to film festivals worldwide. Director, Writer, Co-Producer.
• TICK TOCK (2006) short narrative film contrasting modern and traditional life in Kenya, showcased in film festivals throughout East Africa. Director, Writer, Producer.
• KIBERA KID (2005-6) the seven-award winning short pilot narrative film. The pilot film is about a young street boy who must choose between gang life and redemption. Shot on 16mm and finished on 35mm. Production Manager.
• CHARCOAL TRAFFIC (2007-8) a short narrative film about the devastating environmental effects of the charcoal trade in Somalia. It’s the first narrative film shot in Northern Somalia in over fifteen years due to civil war. Co-Producer.
May 19, 2008
May 10, 2008
Subira has won the Best short film in Kenya International Festivals and the Golden Impala award for the Best East African film in the just concluded Amakula Festival in Uganda. It is to show the prestigious French festival, Cannes next week and later this year in the Public Broadcasting System TV in the USA.
According to the film’s director, Ravneet “Sippy” Chadha, “The audience response to the film has overwhelmed me. This was a small project for me to learn the craft. I feel when an idea’s time has come to be expressed, it is unstoppable. We now look forward to making this into a feature film.”