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by Siddhant Sarin


A momentary act of revenge transformed the lives of two young Indian women forever. After surviving an acid attack, while carrying the scars of human brutality on their face, both Ritu and Faraha now have to navigate through a sea of odd currents daily. Strangely enough, Ritu’s scars also brought her some fame, she occasionally finds herself talking on television, walking down ramps or featuring in a Bollywood film…Still, she often feels lonely. She wants to be loved, and she jumps into an ambiguous relationship with a fellow female acid attack survivor. Whereas Faraha has come to terms with her post-attack singlehood; it gave her a new lease of life. As she starts feeling the freedom and independence, a desire to become a mother slowly brews inside her. By intertwining the shadows and lights, and hope and hopelessness in Ritu and Faraha’s life, Ayena becomes a mirror where we can also see our own reflections.

international title: Mirror
original title: Ayena
country: India, Lithuania, South Korea
year: 2022
genre: documentary
directed by: Siddhant Sarin
co-director: Debankon Singh Solanky
cinematography by: Siddhant Sarin, Debankon Singh Solanky
film editing: Nilanjan Bhattacharya
music: Gintaras Sodeika
producer: Siddhant Sarin
co-producer: Arunas Matelis, Sarah Kang
production: Studio Nominum, Teh Films (IN), Seesaw Pictures (KR)

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