India. 2019. 26 min
Every morning, eight-year-old Nadi wanders somewhere between the conscious and the unconscious, to meet her dream-etched Shadow Bird. A second character unfailingly follows—the mysterious Timekeeper, who has a clock fitted inside his heart. But one morning neither Shadow Bird nor Timekeeper arrive, and Nadi ventures alone into the deep, mysterious woods in search of them.
Savita Singh, a Cinematography graduate from the Film and Television Institute of India, has worked with varying visual styles and formats during her twelve years in the film industry.
Her graduation film, Kramasha – To be continued (2007) received a National Award for Best Cinematography (2009) in the Non-feature category. The film was voted as one of the best films in the Senses of Cinema poll in 2007, received the Golden Conch for Best Film at the MIFF 2008 and the Critic’s Award at the Oberhausen Film Festival. In 2007, Savita was selected as a scholar for the Budapest Cinematography Masterclass and was also declared the Indian Winner for the Kodak Film School Competition.
Among the feature films she shot there are Phoonk (Ram Gopal Verma, 2008), 404: Error Not Found (Prawaal Raman, 2011), Dhoosar (Amol Palekar, 2009), Hawaizaada (2011), Ventilator (Rajesh Mapuskar, 2016) and The Seventh Walk (Amit Dutta, 2013). She has also collaborated on further short films, documentaries, and a diverse body of advertisements.
Savita is one of the founding members of Indian Women Cinematographers Collective (IWCC), a forum for the women cinematographers based in India. Sonsi is her first film as a director.