‘Kamali’, a short film on Tamil Nadu’s nine-year-old skateboarder girl Kamali Moorthy, has qualified for the 2020 Academy Awards shortlist. The 24-minute film directed by filmmaker Sasha Rainbow from New Zealand won the Best Documentary Short at Atlanta Film Festival in April. Born in a fishermen colony, Kamali has toured across India with professional skateboarding teams to promote the sport.
A year after she made headlines as the skateboarding sensation from Tamil Nadu, 9-year-Young Kamali Moorthy is all set for another milestone in her life. A short film on the little girl, her mother & grandmother, has now qualified for the 2020 Academy Awards shortlist.
Titled Kamali, the story follows Kamali’s mother Suganthi’s struggle to liberate her children from the shackles of tradition & patriarchy.
“When Suganthi (Kamali’s mother) sees her children, she reflects on her childhood & how she could not do the things she wished to do because of the society. Today, she wants Kamali to taste the freedom she did not have,” Aine Edwards, Kamali’s mentor tells to the media.
The 24-minute short film directed by filmmaker Sasha Rainbow from New Zealand won the Best Documentary at the Atlanta Film Festival in April. With this, Kamali has qualified to be in the Academy Awards Shortlist for 2020.
“The crew came & shot the film over 6 weeks. After it was edited, they even sent it to the Mumbai International Short Film Festival in December 2018, where it won Best Director Award,” Aine tells to the media.