Fighting for the right to dream





Ring Laila is a 25 minute documentary about women, empowerment and the fighting spirit that inspires people to dream for something better amidst seemingly insurmountable odds. It is about the spirit that prompts a person to fight against the environment they live in – the tradition and convention, the illiteracy and poverty, the culture and religion – to be free to live their own life.


Ring Laila is as much of a personal film, as a portrait of two independent women. It transitions through brief vignettes that capture different essences of India, balancing the traditional with the modern, as a parallel to its character's lives and dreams.





Razia  Shabnam


“Men want women to be their equal …

as long as they stay one step behind them."



Razia Shabnam, India first Muslim woman to take up boxing is a remarkable inspiration as she live life on her own terms.

Alam Ara



"I want to be somebody"



Alam Ara, a young high school student, attempts to follow in her coach, Shabnam's, footsteps.








B. Rich is a writer, filmmaker, designer, teacher and scientist. He holds a recent MFA in Film/Video, and a BA in Biology. As such, the scientific process heavily influences his filmmaking. He enjoys writing and directing both fiction and nonfiction films.

He loves to travel and experience different cultures. So far, filming has taken him to Russia, England, Israel, Palestine, India, Japan, Ecuador and around the United States, where he met inspiring people doing amazing things. But, really, he’s just getting warmed up.

Anuradha Rana’s passion for finding and telling stories has inspired her work as a Journalist, TV Producer, Social Worker, Writer and Filmmaker over the past 15 years. Her films have screened internationally and focus on themes of representation, identity, and varied perspectives. She received her MFA in Film from Columbia College Chicago and her MA in Mass Communication from the University of Pune, India.


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