Sonejuhi Sinha’s “Stray Dolls,” which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival last year is gearing up for its U.S. release in select theaters on April 10.
Starring Geetanjali Thapa and Olivia DeJonge in lead roles, the film tells the story of Riz (Thapa), a former gang member from India, who leaves a life of petty crime, comes to America and gets a housekeeping job at a motel owned by Nixon’s Uno, who runs the joint with her drug-dealing son Jimmy (Robert Aramayo). It’s not long before Riz is entwined again in a web of crime, attempting to escape with Dallas, her roommate and fellow maid (DeJonge).
The film also stars Cynthia Nixon and Samrat Chakrabarty. Sinha co-wrote the script with Charlotte Rabate. Both produced the film with Edward Parks. Executive producers include Niraj Bhatia, Dan Burks, Stephanie Apt, Guillaume Rabate and Chris Jonns.
Thapa got a special jury mention at the 18th Tribeca Film Festival for her role in “Stray Dolls.” The film competed in the U.S. narrative section of the festival.
The Sikkim born-and-raised Thapa made her debut in films in 2006 with the English short film “Myth,” directed by Prashant Rasaily. In 2013 she won the National Film Award for Best Actress for her performance in “Liar's Dice.” The film was screened at Sundance Film Festival and International Film Festival Rotterdam in January 2014. It was also India's official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards.
Sonejuhi, who came to the U.S. as a teenager from India via the U.K., got her start in the industry working as a commercial film editor for Final Cut.
She produced and edited “These Birds Walk” and “Homegoings,” two award-winning documentary feature films that played at several festivals and garnered international awards.
Sonejuhi’s directing career began with a narrative short film, “Love Comes Later,” which was one of ten short films accepted to the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.
She wrote and directed “Miles of Sand,” a film that garnered attention around the world and is currently featured on NOWNESS.
She was selected for the prestigious Shoot New Director’s Showcase in New York and participated in Tribeca Film Institute’s prestigious Through Her Lens program where she was mentored by Dee Rees, Catherine Hardwicke and Rashida Jones, among others.
She is the recipient of the Jerome Foundation Grant and Tribeca’s prestigious IWC award.