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Rachita Taneja, a political cartoonist working under the nom de plume Sanitary Panels, is the creator of a popular Indian stick-figure cartoon and webcomic that challenges stereotypes and taboos around menstruation, mental health and LGBTQIA+ rights. Taking her inspiration from news headlines, Taneja is known for pointed socio-political commentary and attracts an immense following of young, liberal Indians. But as critical journalists, and now cartoonists, face criminal charges under the Indian government’s new laws regulating fake news (i.e., real criticism), Taneja faces a charge of “diminishing the authority of the (Supreme) Court” in India. She cannot share or discuss the three cartoons involved in the lawsuit, but the rest of her comics come to life on-screen to promote her queer-positive, pro-democracy, anti-Modi and pro-gender-equality views. An impressive show of free speech using simple stick figures and a mere four panels provides a master class in fighting against censorship with bravery and creativity.

Sales Agent: Autlook Filmsales


  • Director(s)

    • Sama Pana
  • Producer(s)

    • Hanne Phlypo
    • Estelle Robin You
    • Marion Guth
    • François Le Gall
  • Executive Producer(s)

    • Salma Abdalla
    • Sigrid Dyekjaer
  • Writer(s)

    • Vincent Coen
    • Guillaume Vandenberghe
    • Sama Pana
  • Editor(s)

    • Philippe Ravoet
    • Neel Cockx
  • Cinematography

    • Johan Legraie
  • Composer

    • Catherine Kontz
  • Sound

    • Jonathan Vanneste
  • Showrunner(s)

    • Guillaume Vandenberghe
    • Vincent Coen
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