Taaza Khoon is about a young South Asian girl sold into the sex-trade who encounters a vampire looking to satisfy his hunger for fresh blood. She has always had her decisions made by others, but ultimately takes matters into her own hands by choosing her path to empowerment at the end of the story. There are not enough nuanced stories out there that highlight the forced illegal or legal immigration experience that’s sold to countless people in developing countries on the premise of the “American Dream”. This film is my effort at telling such a story.
· Director: Richa Rudoya
Richa is an NYC-based filmmaker. She grew up in India disliking most Bollywood and mainstream Hollywood movies and developed an interest in films upon discovering independent and foreign cinema while pursuing a statistics graduate degree in the US. She wrote & directed the award winning short film “Taaza Khoon” (Fresh Blood) which is currently enjoying a successful film festival run. She also wrote & directed the one-act Off Broadway play “Ferment” which was a Semi-Finalist in the 2017 New York New Works Theater Festival. An an actor, she has performed in short films and Off Broadway plays in New York City.
She has trained with The Barrow Group, Independent Film School and New York Film Academy. She’s a proud member of Filmshop’s Sandbox Directing Lab, FilmmakerHers, New York Women In Film & Television, NYC Women Filmmakers and South Asian Film Collective.
A storyteller at heart, Richa likes to view the world with a sociological lens and tell tales of courage. When not thinking of films, she’s usually exploring unusual spots around NYC with her husband, sharing animal/baby videos with friends and Whatsapping her family across the world.