Sophia Kruz: 2015-16

"I always feel the movement is a sort of mosaic. Each of us puts in one little stone." -- Alice Paul

In October 2015, the VSA fellowship supported Sophia Kruz, a graduate of the University’s Screen Arts and Culture program, as she edited her documentary "Little Stones." The movie features four courageous female artists from Brazil, India, Senegal and the U.S. as they use graffiti, dance, music and fashion design to create a more just, secure, and beautiful world. The film explores 21st century barriers to gender equity, including human trafficking, female genital mutilation, domestic violence, and extreme poverty. Through the eyes of the four featured artists, viewers experience the transformative power of art, and how it can be tapped to empower women and girls globally.


Kruz used her fellowship to create partnerships with faculty in the UM School of Education.  Advisors there are developing curricula and film screening discussion kits for use with high school, college and older audiences. High school students from Ann Arbor and Detroit assisted in this process by viewing a special screening of the film, providing feedback and then engaging in discussions and visual art projects during a day-long workshop. 


Kruz also met with students in the University's Global Scholars learning community.  They provided early feedback on the film preview and discussed change initiatives of interest to this very diverse group of undergraduates.

Recent UM graduate Juliana Roth interviewed Kruz for Pulp, the online magazine about arts around Ann Arbor. Read the short interview, which provides a personal view of the filmmaker and her ties to the local community.