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Shakti 1992


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Shakti 1992

13 mins United Kingdom Director. Sonali Fernando

A rhythmic beat punctuates a solitary Asian woman’s life as she engages her inner goddess to turn trash into treasure. She creates a stunning oasis in a grey tower block, challenging daily life on the estate, and is confronted by a hostile resident. Played by real life artist and activist Sheba Chhachhi, this solitary figure reveals her inner conflicts through her recycled artworks, which becomes a metaphor for radical self-renewal.

Why is she living on her own? Is she a divorcee or a widow? Where did she learn these skills and does she even eat? The tiny council flat is transformed into a gallery for her personal journey. Her inner peace and conflicts, played out through the canvas of her present life and a past that is only glimpsed at in the many artefacts within this most private of spaces.

Directed by

Sonali Fernando


Kulvinder Ghir

Sheba Chhachhi




Asian community in Great Britain


South Asian Britain on Film




United Kingdom



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