In 1974, suffragette and activist Alice Paul said, “I always feel the movement is a sort of mosaic. Each of us puts in one little stone.” This quote served as the inspiration for the title of Sophia Kruz’s award-winning documentary, LITTLE STONES, a film she worked on for two years before coming across Alice Paul’s moving statement. Believing that all of us need to hold ourselves accountable in the fight for equality, the sentiment perfectly captured the essence of the fearless women featured in Kruz’s film.
Through the delicate direction of Sophia Kruz and the striking cinematography of Meena Singh (20 Feet from Stardom), viewers are introduced to four phenomenal artists who are making a real difference in their communities. Interweaving the stories of Panmela Castro, Sohini Chakraborty, Fatou Diatta a.k.a. Sister Fa, and Anna Taylor, viewers quickly pick up on some of the commonalities existing between the women and the larger mosaic the director envisioned when choosing her subjects. Panmela is a graffiti artist speaking out against domestic violence in the favelas of Brazil. Sohini is a dancer and sociologist rehabilitating survivors of sex-trafficking in India. Sister Fa is a Senegalese hip-hop star and activist sparking a dialogue about the health hazards of female genital mutilation in her home country. Anna Taylor is an American fashion designer training and employing impoverished Kenyan women to sew high-end fashion clothing.
LITTLE STONES, at its core, is a deeply moving film that demonstrates the impact of empowering women and encouraging self-expression around issues of global gender-based violence.