Stray Dolls

by Sonejuhi Sinha

Next Step 2015

USA

Feature Film

Stray Dolls tells the story of female immigrants coming to the US, whose dreams are bigger than the circumstances that surround them. It follows the paths of Riz, an Indian woman who was split up from her husband by smugglers, and Dia, an assertive and bold Latina runaway. They share a room and are forced to work in a New Jersey Motel, where crimes like trafficking, domestic violence and sexual assault usually thrive. In her first feature, Sonejuhi aims to create an intimate, gritty character-driven portrait of a survivor and a fighter, a suspenseful drama with strong characters and a controversial and intriguing story, and an emotional and visceral experience for the audience.