Directed by Karishma Dev Dube



17 min


India United States






Bittu, a fiercely independent young girl with a brilliantly foul tongue, often finds herself in trouble at school for defying authority. But when routine carelessness results in tragedy, the future may single-handedly depend on her.
Piercing in its depiction of a forgotten community who finds itself unable to protect its most vulnerable, and arresting in its vibrant portrayal of Bittu’s emotional world, Bittu introduces us to a formidable young heroine who won’t allow herself to be forgotten.



Silver Medal Winner at the 2020 Student Academy Awards. Best Director winner at Hollyshorts Film Festival. Shortlisted for the Oscars 2021 in the Best Live-Action Short Film category.

Relevant Details

Inspired by an infamous poisoning accident that took place in a school in Bihar in 2013, Bittu was shot on location in the Himalayas.



  • Telluride Film Festival
  • Palm Springs International Shortfest
  • BFI London Film Festival
  • Hollyshorts Film Festival • Best Director
  • Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia
  • Student Academy Awards • Winner Silver Medal

Cast & Crew

  • Cast:Rani Kumari, Renu Kumari, Saurabh Saraswat
  • Script:Karishma Dev Dube
  • Cinematographer:Shreya Dev Dube
  • Editor:Colin Elliott, Karishma Dev Dube
  • Sound design & mix:Arjun G. Sheth
  • Music:Arooj Aftab
  • Producer:Mary Evangelista, Karishma Dube

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