Kum-Kum Bhavnani is a UC Santa Barbara sociology professor by day and Film-Maker/Author by night. She has lived in California for the last two decades, via India and London. Her first documentary, THE SHAPE OF WATER (2006: narrated by Susan Sarandon) screened around the world, including in Istanbul, Rome, Barcelona, London, Toronto, Trinidad, San Francisco, Washington DC, and at FESPACO and the 2008 Middle East International Film Festival. On its travels, SHAPE garnered a number of awards such as Best Documentary (Miami Women’s International Film Festival, Reel Sisters of the Diaspora and Queen’s International Film Festival), the World Cinema Award (DC Independent Film Festival), and Best Director (San Francisco Women’s Film Festival), as well as two HUGO awards. SHAPE was also selected as the centerpiece for the Human Rights section at the 2008 Middle East International Film Festival in Abu Dhabi. Kum-Kum’s hope is for her films to inspire a new generation of audiences, who are also passionate for change.