September 17, 2019, 7:00 P.M.

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

The 49% Film Festival, USC School of Cinematic Arts, and Trinetra Productions, invite you and a guest to attend the

U.S. Premiere of The Daughter Tree

Directed by Rama Rau
Written by Rama Rau
Produced by Rama Rau

Followed by a Q&A with Rama Rau,
Moderated by Filmmaker & Educator Gabrielle Kelly

7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, September 17th, 2019

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007




Presented by The 49% Film Festival, taking place from September 17th - 19th, 2019 at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

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About The Daughter Tree

The Daughter Tree is an epic documentary film, six years in the making, about the disappearance of women in India resulting in all-male populations in many of the villages.

This film follows a midwife struggling to encourage women to bring baby girls into the world. In the Village of Men, where no baby girl has been born for two decades, families here are marooned in a womanless existence. It's when we visit the Village of the Daughter Tree that we discover something quite magical has been going on in a remote corner of India. Every time a baby girl is born, a tree is planted. The tree grows, the baby grows. As an adult, she makes a living selling its fruit - this way the girl is independent and the environment is greener.

They call this tree the Daughter Tree.

Provided courtesy of Trinetra Productions. Not rated. Running time: 80 minutes. In Punjabi, with English subtitles.

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About the Guests

RAMA RAU (Writer, Director, Producer)

Rama Rau is a Canadian Screen Award nominated writer-director whose works feature strong female roles. Well known for her daring choice of subject matter and ability to interest funders in her unique directorial voice, Rau has paved a path for herself, moving between fiction and documentary. Rau's debut fiction feature Honey Bee starring Julia Sarah Stone (Allure) and Martha Plimpton (The Blacklist, Raising Hope) just garnered the EDA Best Film Award at the Whistler Film Festival and is a gritty take on human trafficking, shot on location in North Bay, Ontario. Rau was selected for the Toronto International Film Festival's Irving Avrich Award for 2018. She has been the shadow director on Murdoch Mysteries and has just finished The Daughter Tree, an epic documentary film, six years in the making, about the disappearance of women in India resulting in all-male populations in some villages. She has made a name for herself as being a pioneer in employing all-female crews on her film League of Exotique Dancers which was Opening Night film at Hot Docs in 2016 to rave reviews. No Place to Hide, a film on teen cyberbullying, was voted an Audience Award winner in 2015. Rau is also the winner of the TIFF Pitch This! first ever Honorable Mention for Unwanted. Her first short fiction Aftermath played at the Cannes Film Festival's Court Metrages.

Rau's work has screened in more than fifty international film festivals and has been covered by The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, Playback, The Toronto Star and Globe and Mail. She has been profiled as one of Canada's Top Ten Women Filmmakers, winning awards like the EDA Best Film Award, the Hot Docs Don Haig Award, the Stuttgart Best Director Award and the Golden Panda for Best Director. A PhD in English Drama and Literature from the University of Madras, India, Rau is an alumna of the Women in the Director's Chair program (WIDC) and of the Judith Weston and Joan Scheckel Director's Labs in LA and a member of the Alliance of Women Directors (AWD) in LA and the Director's Guild of Canada.


Born in Ireland, educated in England with a BA in American Studies from the University of Sussex and an extensive filmmaking career in the USA, Gabrielle Kelly is a screenwriter and producer of diverse content for the global marketplace who also teaches in international labs and film programs. She is the recipient of two Fulbright Awards: one in screenwriting at TNUA, Taiwan and the second as writer/mentor in the screenwriting /producing Lab for the ASEAN Independent Cinema Project in the Philippines.

Following a career in book publishing in New York, she worked with NY based director Sidney Lumet and screenwriter/producer Jay Presson Allen on films such as Daniel, Prince of the City, Deathtrap, The Verdict and others. Additional projects developed included work with Andy Warhol's Factory on an audio-animatronic show From A to Z and Back Again, musical La Cages aux Folles with Mike Nichols and scripts for Malcolm McClaren and CBS Theatrical Films. In Hollywood she ran producer Robert Evans company at Paramount working in development and production on a slate of diverse projects and worked as executive and producer with such companies as HBO, Fields Hellman, Eddie Murphy Productions and Warner Bros.

Her producing credits include indie feature All the Queen's Men (starring Eddie Izzard and Matt LeBlanc) for Strand Releasing, Stag (for Cineplex Odeon/HBO), the family feature film, D.A.R.Y.L. for Paramount/Columbia and most recently All Ages Night, a feature told through multiple media formats set in the all ages music club scene of So Cal to be released later this year.

Her screenplays include produced feature All Ages Night which she also co-produced together with many commissioned and spec scripts. Projects in development from an array of source materials include Marvel comic Mort the Dead Teenager at Dreamworks and co-productions with Russia, Brazil, China and Europe.

Teaching experience includes screenwriting and producing at UCLA, USC, Chapman, VGIK, Russia, London's PAL Labs, the first ever Middle East Sundance Screenwriting Lab and many others. She sits on the Board of the British Academy of Film and Television, Women In Film and the Irish Film Festival/LA and is a judge and programmer at numerous film festivals worldwide. She is currently working on transmedia projects for the global marketplace as a screenwriter and producer.

About The 49%

Advancing global women’s rights through media and film.

Women are the disruptors of their societies and the agents of social change. We, The 49%, believe that women must tell their stories in order for the status quo to change. Storytelling is an act of courage. Our film festivals and content will feature powerful and engaging stories about women, their struggles, and their inspiring successes.

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Check-In & Reservations

This screening is free of charge and open to the public. Please bring a valid USC ID or print out of your reservation confirmation, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 6:30 P.M.

All SCA screenings are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. The RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.


The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $12.00 at the USC Royal Street Entrance, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & Royal Street. We recommend the USC Royal Street Structure, at the far end of 34th Street. Limited street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

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