The Women’s Movement as Art, Dance & Music: ‘Little Stones’ Documentary

Little Stones is an award-winning documentary that unites the personal narratives of four women around the world using art to create positive change for women and girls.

From a graffiti artist speaking out against domestic violence in the favelas of Brazil to a dancer rehabilitating sex-trafficking survivors in India, each of these women is contributing a stone to the mosaic of the women’s movement through their art.

Learn how you can host a screening or order a digital copy. 

This 87-minute documentary directed by Emmy® Award-winning filmmaker Sophia Kruz and cinematographer Meena Singh (Hollidaysburg), with music by Amritha Vaz (500 Days of Summer), was named Best Documentary at the 2017 Vail Film Festival, Best Foreign Documentary at the Female Eye Film Festival, Best of Festival at the Zonta Film Festival, the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival, the Humanitarian Award at DOCUTAH, and an Award of Excellence from Impact Docs.

Crossfader Magazine praises the film:

A march of solidarity for female artists, entrepreneurs, and philanthropists across the globe… Uplifting… Through art, creativity and self-expression, we learn that any hurdle can be overcome.

About the Artists

Little Stones follows the uplifting stories of four women using rap, graffiti, fashion and dance to fight for women’s rights around the world:

Graffiti artist PANMELA CASTRO has risen to the top of the male-dominated graffiti world in Brazil by using street art to raise awareness about domestic violence.

SOHINI CHAKRABORTY is a dance therapist in India who is helping young sex-trafficking survivors regain respect for their bodies – through dance.

Senegalese hip-hop star and activist SISTER FA tours throughout West Africa, using her fame to spark a dialogue around the taboo subject of female genital mutilation.

American fashion designer ANNA TAYLOR was a college student when she founded Judith & James, which trains and employs impoverished Kenyan women to produce high fashion clothing. At 22, Taylor debuted her collection at New York Fashion Week.

Thinking Outside the Box

The movement to end violence against women has never been stronger and more widely accepted than it is today. Just about everyone agrees that domestic violence, trafficking, FGM and poverty are unacceptable norms. But when it comes to actually educating and organizing, people are slow to commit.

“If I come to a community or to a school saying that I want to talk about domestic violence, people will not come,” says Panmela Castro, one of the documentary’s featured artists. “But when you come and say that you will have a graffiti workshop, everybody wants to come.”

Harnessing the universal languages of art, music and dance to generate new energy for the women’s movement, Castro and the other women in Little Stones are radically reimagining the connections between activism, art and community.

It’s a new paradigm that creators and change-makers can model for inspiration.

Little Stones is available for pre-order on iTunes and will be released this July. Check out the sneak preview below.

Free Webinar on the Little Stones Educational Toolkit

June 19, 2018

Are you interested in teaching about the use of art as a tool for social change? Do you educate students on global issues and solutions? Join the Professional Development Webinar exploring a new, free educational toolkit that supplements the Little Stones documentary.


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