“Testimony of Ana”
This documentary looks at the life of Anaben Pawar, an elderly tribal woman accused of witchcraft in rural India.
The film emerged from my ethnographic fieldwork in Gujarat, India. Ana initially hesitated to tell her story, so I had to show up every day at her house and help her with household chores until I gained her trust. This continued for a couple of weeks. After spending significant time with Ana, she slowly started sharing her memories. In contrast to standard approaches in documentary filmmaking, I reconstructed Ana’s memories of trauma using lyrical assemblage. My goal in reconstructing these memories was to present the evidence of her resistance that has no obvious documentation.