I always feel the movement is a sort of mosaic. Each of us puts in one little stone.
— Alice Paul

Visit the official website www.littlestones.org

 

Synopsis

From a graffiti artist speaking out against domestic violence in the favelas of Brazil to a dancer rehabilitating sex-trafficking survivors in India, LITTLE STONES profiles four women, each of whom are contributing a stone to the mosaic of the women's movement through their art. These four artists show that the world is full of little stones waiting to be discovered.

This 87-minute documentary directed by EMMY® Award-winning filmmaker Sophia Kruz and cinematographer Meena Singh (20 FEET FROM STARDOM, HOLLIDAYSBURG), with music by Amritha Vaz (500 DAYS OF SUMMER) was produced over a period of 18 months in Senegal, Kenya, Brazil, Germany, India and USA.


THE FILMMAKERS

SOphIA KRUZ     
DIRECTOR & PRODUCER

EMMY® award-winning documentary filmmaker Sophia Kruz's work has screened at film festivals, museums, libraries, community centers, and health-care facilities nationwide, and is broadcast regularly on PBS stations. Formerly a producer in PBS Detroit's National Documentary Unit, Kruz produced RIDE THE TIGER (2016), a documentary on neuroscience and bipolar disorder and BEYOND THE LIGHT SWITCH, Hour 3 (2015), for national PBS broadcast. From 2010-2013, Kruz held the position of Video Producer & Editor at UMS, the University of Michigan's international performing arts presenter. She earned her BA in Screen Arts & Cultures at the University of Michigan.

 

Meena Singh      
CINEMATOGRAPHER & CO-PRODUCER

Meena’s documentary work has taken her all over America, and most notably, she shot scenes for 2013 Oscar winning documentary Twenty Feet From Stardom. She studied cinematography at Columbia College Chicago and shot her first two feature films before the age of 21. Following her early success, she relocated to Los Angeles to attend the prestigious American Film Institute. Her work has received numerous awards and critical acclaim, and has screened at film festivals around the world. Meena is a member of the International Cinematographer’s Guild.

 

KAROLIINA TUOVINEN   
Editor

Karoliina Tuovinen was born in Finland, raised in Columbus, Ohio, and is currently a Los Angeles-based editor. Since completing her MFA at the American Film Institute Conservatory, she has edited numerous narrative and documentary features and shorts. Karoliina recently edited WOODY ALLEN: A DOCUMENTARY, a biography of the legendary filmmaker. It screened at the Cannes International Film Festival and internationally on television and in theaters. Her most recent narrative work can be seen in the soon-to-be released indie romance, HOME, JAMES. Her other feature work includes the documentary, I AM COMIC, a humorous look at the lives of stand-up comedians.

 

amritha vaz    
composer

Classically trained in both Western and Indian music, multi-instrumentalist Amritha Vaz has journeyed from performing to arranging and finally composing scores for film and television.  After scoring a CBC documentary about Hungarian refugees, she began working with Oscar and Grammy award winning composer, Mychael Danna. Her work with Danna spanned 11 feature films and two television shows, including the Oscar nominated score for "The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus", Marc Webb’s award-winning "500 Days Of Summer", Cannes winner "Adoration" and "The Time Traveler’s Wife". With Danna, she co-composed the scores to Najwa Najjar’s Doha Tribeca award-winning "Pomegranates and Myrrh", and Dilip Mehta’s "Cooking With Stella". Having branched out on her own, she now composes out of her studio in Hollywood where she recently scored the award winning feature documentaries "Made In India" (PBS) & "Music for Mandela", for which she was nominated for a Leo Award for Best Musical Score, and the feature film "Miss India America".

 

Interns

EMILY WHITTINGTON - Summer 2015 & 2016
LAUREN IVERSON - Summer 2016
LAUREN SWANSON - Summer 2016
KATIE WEDEMEYER - Summer 2016
KINZA ILYAS- Summer 2015

 

Interpretors                                                  

ELISABETE MAISAO - Brazil
YAYE AMY MBAYE DIOP - Senegal
MADHURIMA GUHA - India
ADITI SIRCAR - India
BERNICE SAINEPO - Kenya

Additional Translation

MADHURIMA MUKHOPADHYAY - Bengali
POOJA CHAKRABARTY - Bengali
DR. CAMELA LOGAN - French
KEVIN HALL - German
DOROTHEA ROMER - German