Innocence/InNoSense (15 mins)
Through a unique interplay of movement and behind-the-scenes moments, the film intimately follows Lilya's journey from childhood sexual abuse to trauma recovery. It explores the complexities of trauma and attachment, memory, safety, and the body; inviting reflections on the possibility of healing.
The purpose of the film screening is to create a safe space to begin honest conversations that provoke the viewer to feel, go beyond the victim-perpetrator rhetoric, to begin the search for holistic solutions that account for the complexities of this silent epidemic.
About the Panelists
Lilya Sabatier has 20+ years of experience in personal development, trauma recovery and embodied living. She is a trauma informed holistic guide, space holder, teacher and international facilitator in Self-Leadership using a multi-modality approach. She focuses on supporting people to reconnect to their whole self and through that to connect to others.
Saviya Lopes is a visual artist, based in Vasai (Bassein), India. She graduated from Rachna Sansad AFAC, Mumbai and has participated in various group exhibitions in India and across the globe since 2015. She was a participating artist and later the Director at Clark House Initiative, Mumbai. Coming from the community of East Indian Catholics, she often works with her native history, through family archives and oral narratives; drawing upon activities like quilt making by her grandmother as manifestations of dissent. Her work deftly unpicks; reimagines history and reconsiders it for future generations. It never wavers in choosing a visual language to reinterpret what is lost. Her works really speak on a feminist key, intersectional, where subtlety, transparence, delicacy convey stories of violence, of heritage, colonialism. And so much more that there is to think from them.She is passionate about the role of women in relationship to labour and textile histories. Lopes’s artistic practice draws from experiences in the spaces she inhabits. She looks at the body as an active agent of societal protest and symbolic value. Her work shows interest in the inter- relation between body, language, culture and navigation of spaces.
Gia is a multidisciplinary artist whose practice embraces hybridity through her roles as filmmaker, performance artist, somatic movement practitioner, and educator. The body is the primary site in her work, forming the base of her artistic intuitions and impulses.
From her documentary, Dekho Main Hoon, which explores the somatic movement practice, to Andar Bahar, a 16mm experimental film on a drag artist, Gia's work has screened at various film festivals. She integrates movement, classical dance, performance art, and theatre in her live work, stepping away from ideas of perfection and prioritizing self-reflection and reaching a state of rest through the process. She claims, "Most times I’m listening, and the body is taking me forward." Her workshops such as Movement and Stillness, Sound of Shapes, and a 3 part series for the Critical Zones exhibition at Goethe Institut explores ways of experiencing the body.
Anuja Amin is a body literacy educator and the founder of a social impact venture, Circles of Safety. She completed her Post-Graduation in Human Resource Management from the London School of Economics. Her mission of reaching out to children, especially with a traumatic childhood, led her to pursue a Bachelors of Science in Psychology from the University of Nottingham. She built a solid work ethic while working as an HR Intern at Goldman Sachs (London) and consequently as an Expatriate Policy Advisor at the headquarters of Shell International, in the Hague.
Circles of Safety is her response to the shame, guilt and denial she faced growing up as a victim of sexual abuse. Her mission is to prepare school going children for a safe, fulfilling life in a world where misinformation, discrimination and sexual abuse pose serious risks to their wellbeing. Circles of Safety provides age-appropriate, shame-free and culturally relevant body literacy curriculum to schools along with strengthening parent partnerships for sustainable outcomes. Circles of Safety has recently been incubated at (NSRCEL) IIM Bangalore and Unltd India.
In 2022, Anuja featured in a book of 50 inspiring women of Gujarat, in the presence of our Hon. Minister, Mrs. Smriti Irani. In 2023, she was felicitated with the ‘She Rise’ award on behalf of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Women wing. She is determined to raise an informed generation of children, equipped to make safe, responsible and inclusive choices in regards to their well-being.