Soma Girls

Documentary Short



This film explores the lives of girls growing up in a hostel in Kolkata, India. From ages 6 to 17, the film follows these intelligent, funny and high-energy girls as they overcome extraordinary circumstances to lead ordinary lives.



Duration: 27 minutes

Year: 2009

Director: Nandini Sikand & Alexia Prichard




Women Deliver Conference 2016, Copenhagen.

Cineffable: 24 th Paris International Lesbian and Feminist Film Festival, Paris, France, 2012.

University Film and Video Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, 2012.

Jugaad: Conference on Urbanism, The Center for Architecture, New York City 2011.

Davis Feminist Film Festival, Davis, CA, 2011.

MECAL Short Film Festival, Barcelona, Spain, 2010.

Southside Film Festival, Bethlehem, PA, 2010.

Indo-American Cultural Council Film Festival, New York City, 2009.




Broadcast nationally with 932 telecasts in 104 markets on PBS stations in Spring 2012 as part of Women’s Heritage Month and Asian Heritage Month.


New York State Council on the Arts, 2010.

Completion funds 

Center for Asian American Media, funded by Corporation for Public Broadcasting.




Soma Girls Website

Soma Girls Article – Nancy Colasurdo