‘Girls will be Girls is a celebration of storytelling’, Ali fazal on his Debut production Project to Premiere at Sundance Film Festival 2024

Fazal and Richa Chadha ventured into production in 2021 and Girls will be Girls is their Debut film from the production company
Richa Chadha and Ali Fazal
Richa Chadha and Ali Fazal

Ali Fazal and Richa Chadha’s production company Pushing Buttons Studios will release their first film Girls will be Girls at the Sundance Film Festival 2024. The movie will premiere at the film festival and has been selected in the World Dramatic Feature Category. Girls will be Girls is one of the 16 films selected to compete at the festival.

Talking about the film, director Shuchi Talati said, “I am delighted that my first feature has been selected at the Mecca of cinema, Sundance. It is heartening to see a film shot and conceptualized in India make it to this mammoth international festival. At the heart of this coming of age drama is a love story between a mother and a daughter, and even though it is very rooted in Indian ethos, I am glad it resonates with people across many continents.”

Chadha said, “Ali and I embarked on this production with a vision to tell unique stories. Girls Will Be Girls making it to Sundance validates our commitment to compelling storytelling.We couldn’t be more thrilled. This journey has been about pushing boundaries and redefining narratives, and we are hopeful audiences worldwide will relate with the film. I am also elated the world will see Shuchi’s fresh voice and cinematic perspective and some excellent performances from our debutant actors.”

Fazal said, “Being part of Sundance with our debut production is a dream realized. Girls Will Be Girls is not just a film; it's a celebration of storytelling, and we hope it leaves an indelible mark on the hearts of the audience. This project is a labor of love, and the recognition at Sundance is a testament to the dedication and passion of our entire team.”

The film is an Indo-French co-production which is being jointly produced by Pushing Buttons Studios, Crawling Angel Films and the French company, Dolce Vita Films. Girls Will Be Girls has already garnered international acclaim, receiving international grants including the Cinema Du Monde, the Arte Kino Prize and the VFF Talent Highlight Award.

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