U for Usha (U Ushacha)

Dir: Rohan Kanawade | Marathi with English Subtitles | 22 min.

Usha, a single mother who works as a farm laborer in rural India, finds herself drawn to a female teacher of local primary school, in ways she never knew possible. This attraction plays an important part, in firing her passion to read and write as she hopes to be as good as the teacher, one day.

‘U Ushacha’ is a subtle portrayal of sexual awakening, as well as how a naïve attraction can empower a woman to take control of her life, and make each day, something to look forward to.

Selected awards:

10th Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival, UK, 2019. (UK Premiere) Winner : Satyajit Ray Short Film Award.

30th Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, 2019.  Winner : Best Short Jury Award.

29th Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival, Canada, 2019. 2nd Runner Up in International section “Audience Choice Award” category.

30th Season of Calcutta International Cult Film Festival, India, 2019. Winner: Best Short Film “LGBT” Category.

8th Mosaic International South Asian Film Festival, Mississauga, Canada, 2019. Winner: Best Short Film.

20th Season of Virgin Spring Cinefest, Kolkata, India, 2019. Winner: Gold Award Best Short Film “LGBT” Category.

2nd Nagaon International Short and Documentary Film Festival, 2019. Special Mention by Jury.