Check out the trailer of STF's first documentary. ever.

About the film:

Eighteen-year-old Maheshwari comes from a family of quarry workers in rural India, none of whom completed schooling past the eighth grade.

For the first four years of Maheshwari's life, it seemed she would follow a similar path: Waking at 5 a.m. to start the household chores, marrying young, bearing children, and bringing in money through odd jobs wherever she could. Instead, she was selected by the Shanti Bhavan Children's Project to attend their boarding school, a brush with fate that would change the trajectory of her entire life.

This short documentary follows her through her final week at her beloved school, her last visit home before leaving for college, and her steps across the stage to receive the first high school diploma in her family. Throughout, she reflects on the stark differences between her life and that of her mother, and vows that whatever her future brings, she will not leave her behind. In a country where only 2 out of every 5 women can read and write, education propelled Maheshwari into a new life path, one that will break the cycle of poverty not only for her -- but hopefully, for those she loves as well.

  • Photos from the Film

Attend the Premiere

**All ticket proceeds and donations are to benefit Maheshwari's college scholarship fund.**

Join us for a screening of this inspiring short documentary, followed by a Q&A session with filmmakers Christen Brandt and Kate Lord, as well as Ajit George, the US Director of Operations for Shanti Bhavan's Children's School. Conversation and complimentary food and drink to follow.

This short documentary follows her through her final week at her beloved school, her last visit home before leaving for college, and her steps across the stage to receive the first high school diploma in her family. Throughout, she reflects on the stark differences between her life and that of her mother, and vows that whatever her future brings, she will not leave her behind. In a country where only 2 out of every 5 women can read and write, education propelled Maheshwari into a new life path, one that will break the cycle of poverty not only for her -- but hopefully, for those she loves as well.

  • Photos from the Film

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About the filmmakers:

Christen Brandt is the Director of International Operations for She’s the First, a nonprofit that sponsors girls’ education worldwide. In her work with STF, she has experienced first-hand the positive effect education can have on a girl, and additionally is intimately acquainted with the challenges faced by girls in She’s the First programs worldwide. Previously, Christen worked in journalism, giving her a strong eye for narrative arc and compelling storytelling.

Kate Lord is a multimedia journalist whose work focuses on women and their role within their own communities. Her professional passion is helping not-for-profit organizations tell their stories through visual media. She’s traveled the world telling stories, from covering the Special Olympic World Summer Games in China to reporting on a small cloister of nuns in Peru for Sister Cities International. She was formerly a multimedia producer at NBC and currently works at The Wall Street Journal. Through her work with She’s the First, she has seen the power of strong storytelling draw attention to underappreciated issues.