ESCAPING AGRA: Trapped in India after his parents take away his passport when they discovered his transgender identity, Indian-born and U.S.-raised Naveen Bhat just wants to get back home to life as a UC Davis student. This documentary short follows Naveen's fight to make his way home to California and piece his life back together. At the heart of Naveen’s story is an exploration of the idea that gender identity and sexual orientation are fundamental to the right of self-determination, dignity and freedom of individuals.
Please note: Naveen, whose gender is non-binary, uses neutral (they/them) and sometimes masculine (he/him) pronouns.
Director Pallavi Somusetty is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and video journalist, and a recent graduate of UC Berkeley’s J-School. She films and edits important stories for media outlets and clients, and in her spare time she fills up her phone with photos of her kid.