Premiere Status: Canadian premiere
Title of the Film: “Baby Girl“
Country of Origin: Canada
Year of Production: 2017
Running Time in minutes: 5:20
Watching the world through my daughter’s eyes and how she interacts with that world has been the most incredible experience. Of all my creative output to date, “Baby Girl” holds a place very close to heart. I wrote this spoken word poem as a love letter of sorts, to my daughter Anoushka, and all daughters everywhere. Every word of this poem is inspired by conversations and moments I’ve had with her. Through the video, I wanted to convey two important things 1) the vantage point I have as I walk often behind her, as she navigates the world while we are together, and 2) the sense of journey and wonder from her perspective.
Most of the video has been shot during my adventures with my daughter around Toronto, and includes some travel as well. The vision of creating a seamless walk over time, and many locations creates a sense of journey that I wanted to pull the viewer into.
Director’s: Anuj Rastogi
[ poet + film composer + music producer ]
Anuj Rastogi is a Toronto-based spoken word poet, film composer and video artist. Anuj has cultivated his worldly sensibilities and uses elements of word play and storyline that thread together broad narratives about social, political, personal and human insights. His latest work, “Baby Girl“, is a heartfelt love letter in admiration of his daughter, and a dream for the world our daughters may one day grow up in.
As a musician, he has composed and produced music for film scores, studio albums, and has performed with diverse artists across Canada, the US, the UK and India. Anuj has also produced and created dozens of music video and film projects, including past documentaries and videos that have screened at Filmi.
Anuj is currently working on a number of projects including new albums, music video conceps, , his debut poetry manuscript, and new feature film scores.