A minority in both religion and profession, Indu has been teaching the classical Bharatanatyam dance form in Pakistan for sixty years. Though traditionally associated with stories of Hindu deities, under her creative direction, the form has been given a secular and feminist flavor in Pakistan. Through an exploration of the colorful artistry of Indu and her students, we glean insight into culture, identity, and freedom of expression in a country where extremism, nationalism, and suspicion of dance as a legitimate art form push the classical dance towards extinction. In a divisive and tumultuous time, How She Moves challenges separatist and conflict driven narratives by telling a universal story of hope and resilience.
How She Moves
Follow the spirited Indu Mitha, a 90-year-old dance teacher, as she prepares for her final dance performance
Director: Anya Raza, Aisha Linnea Akhtar
Choreographer: Indu Mitha, Tehreema Mitha
(Pakistan, 2020) 47:50 min
Folk / World