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JUANA
 
JUANA
 
World Premiere

Director: Neha Gautam

United States, 2013, 10min
Format: Digital
Festival Year: 2014
Category: Short Documentary
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Crew:  Producers: Neha Gautam - Cinematographer: Neha Gautam - Composer: John-henry Dale
Email:  resistandrisegmail.com

synopsis
The story of a Filipino domestic worker who is a survivor of labor trafficking and domestic violence. Juana leaves the Philippines for a better life but has to overcome many challenges including having to fight for herself and finally for her community.

director
Neha Gautam is an educator, film-maker, and community organizer. Neha was born in India and lived in both Ethiopia and Alaska before moving to New York City at the age of 12. She earned a dual BA in History and International Studies at the City College of New York (CUNY). She began pursuing photography and video in 2006 at the International Center of Photography (ICP). Neha has over 12 years of community organizing experience. She is a documentarian who enjoys bringing visibility to the South Asian diaspora as well as the social movements in and around Queens, New York. She believes that media is a powerful tool for creating social change and giving voice to communities living marginally and in exile. Neha is passionate about food justice and creating healthy communities. When she is not documenting behind the camera, she loves dancing to house and hip-hop music.
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