Thursday 17th December, 2020

Gloriously outspoken Indian singer Sona Mohapatra must feel like she's battling on all fronts: fighting for space in India's sexist music industry, courting a media circus, sparring with her internet trolls... and then a blasphemy lawsuit lands at her door.

A powerful voice on stage, and in India's #MeToo movement, Sona Mohapatra refuses to be silenced.

Shut Up Sona is an intimate journey with this passionate musician, capturing her in all lights: performing to enraptured crowds, rehearsing the music she loves, and in quiet, candid moments at home, considering her next moves.

Laced with sarcasm, wit, and irrepressible energy, Shut Up Sona is a real treat of a documentary, celebrating art, equality, and our right to exist with a voice.

This screening was followed by a Q&A with director Deepti Gupta. Hosted by writer, film critic, curator and BBC Asian Network host, Ashanti Omkar.