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A film by Nandini Sikand
US, 2001, 8 minutes, Color/BW, DVD
Order No. W03774
In this highly personal and visually evocative testimonial, critically acclaimed South Asian filmmaker Nandini Sikand poignantly presents her sister’s triumphal recovery from the emotional and physical scars of breast cancer. Lyrically incorporating poetry, experimental video and Super-8 montage, this moving piece looks at the myth of Amazonian women - warriors who were said to have cut off their right breast to become better archers - and compares their legendary battles to the war being waged against breast cancer. As Sikand’s sister reads passages describing her fight with the disease, the geography of her body is explored and compared to the scarred landscape of the urban environment. Traversing the pulsating and dizzying streets, the city and body become one to highlight women’s lives as triumphant urban warriors. Moving and inspiring, this short experimental film is a tribute to all women who have struggled with breast cancer.


  • Immaginaria Film Festival, Experimental Competition Award
  • New York Asian American International Film Festival
  • Belo Horizonte International Short Film Festival
  • Los Angeles Artwallah Festival
  • Bilbao International Documentary and Short Film Festival
  • Cinema Paradise Film Festival
  • Women of Color Film Festival, CA

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    “… a visually stunning video, shuttling between chillingly sharp digital photography and warm, poignant, almost pointalist images... Evocative of both individual memory and the history of gendered bodies, it claims, in its short length, both the Lyric and the Manifesto, as it engages questions of breast cancer.”
    Joseph Boles
    Northern Arizona University

    “…provides a new way to imagine the lives of those in pain with ongoing serious illnesses. It offers a textured imagery of crowds and cities and struggle, of fighting and nobility it’s not about being a victim. Illness brings pain and loss, but it is also full of life.”
    Julia Lesage
    English Dept, University of Oregon

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