The story of 10-year-old skating talent Kamali Moorthy, who became an internet sensation in 2017, is now creating global waves. Based on her, Kamali, a 24-minute long documentary film, has been nominated in the British Best Documentary category at the BAFTA Awards 2020.
The film was shot in over six weeks in Tamil Nadu by award-winning director Sasha Rainbow, who won the Best Director Award at the Mumbai Shorts International Film Festival in 2018 and the Best Documentary award at the Atlanta Film Festival in April 2019. Kamali was also longlisted for the Oscars 2020.
“I think we’re really focussed on celebrating the victories! To be longlisted for the Oscars is a huge honour and now we are BAFTA- nominated. I think we’ve gone further than all of our expectations,” Rainbow told media.
Kamali got her hands on a skating board for the first time when she was four and has since mastered the sport herself. However, the documentary is as much about Kamali’s mother Suganathi Moorthy and her sacrifices.
Despite being from a conservative society that tends to restrict girls from realising their potential, Suganathi made sure her daughter does not remain deprived of opportunities.
What really brought the inspiring tale of this mother-daughter duo to the fore is a picture of Kamali skateboarding barefoot, which was clicked by Jamie Thomas, a skater, surfboarder, and photographer.
It was then posted by renown skateboarder Tony Hawk and director Sasha Rainbow came across the post while researching for a music video.
At the same time, several other empowering stories of women are in the race for the British Academy Film Awards 2020 ceremony to be held on February 2. These include the likes of Learning To Skateboard In A Warzone (If You’re A Girl), which is a story of Afghan girls learning to read, write, and skateboard in Kabul.