I first learned of the Banchara community in 2010 when I traveled along the highway in Neemuch, Madhya Pradesh. I was deeply moved by what I witnessed there. I returned in 2013 with a small crew and began this project. It was then that I grew to know Bulbul, her closest family members and her community. They took me in and treated me like a brother. They gave me a new appreciation for my own life. A life in which I am able to choose the work I do. 

We worked, laughed and cried together. They are like family to me. I carry their songs, smiles, tears and stories of survival with me. 

My aim in making this film is to honor Bulbul and her sisters, and to honor the Banchara Tribe. For centuries the Banchara have endured social, political and economic exclusion from Indian society. It is time that their story be heard. It is their story, told through their own words.

Through the medium of film we aim to raise awareness and bring sustainable impact to Bulbul, her family and community. I have not made any promises that I cannot keep, but I hope to gather a team of skilled individuals and return to Madhya Pradesh with sustainable aid options to be rooted in the community in the form of healthcare, education, access to justice and alternative economic opportunities.

At present we have completed filming and are editing the documentary. We are currently seeking funds to complete post-production.

Her Song is a fiscally sponsored project of Partnerships For Change® (PFC), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Contributions on behalf of Her Song are payable to (PFC) and are tax deductible.

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Thank you for your support. 

-Director Atin Mehra