Mom & Me (post-production)
Indira S. Somani, Ph.D. is an Independent Documentary Filmmaker. After a 26-year-career as a television newscast producer and broadcast journalism professor, Somani moved to LA and enrolled in the MFA in Directing/Production, Documentary film program at UCLA. She is currently in post-production with her film, Mom & Me, a personal documentary about her role as a caregiver for her Mom who battles depression and how their relationship has evolved, since 2002. Other films Somani has directed and produced include Life on the Ganges (2017), a 10-minute documentary directed, produced and filmed in Varanasi, India, during Dev Diwali, when people from all over India travel there to bathe in the Ganges River. The film screened in film festivals in the U.S., India and Europe and won Best Short Documentary at the Berlin Independent Film Festival, and the Cannes Short Film Festival. Another film Somani directed, produced and wrote was, Crossing Lines (2007), a 30-minute personal essay documentary about her struggle to stay connected to India after the loss of her father and to maintain and preserve her Indian cultural identity. The film won numerous awards, screened in film festivals nationally and internationally, aired on PBS affiliates through NETA from 2008-2011, and has been used by more than 100 universities as a tool to teach intercultural communication in the classroom. Both films are in distribution through New Day films. She has also been a leader of SAJA, South Asian Journalists Assn.
Raquel Hagman graduated from the University of Central Florida with a BFA in Film Production. After graduation, she worked as a videographer/editor for the NBC local news affiliate in Cleveland Ohio. She has received a regional Edward R. Murrow award for an investigative series on the opioid crisis 'Riders on the Storm' in 2018 and has been nominated for a couple regional Emmys. Raquel is currently enrolled in the UCLA Graduate Cinematography program. She has completed her third year at UCLA and is the cinematography student representative.