Lakshmi and Me

There are 40 million domestic workers in India. Even in a metropolis like Bombay, old feudal attitudes still govern relationships between employers and their ‘servants’. Against this backdrop, Nishtha begins making a film with Lakshmi, her part-time maid. 20-year-old Lakshmi’s existence is precarious to begin with; illness and romance compound her problems in unexpected ways. As the filmmaker is drawn deeper into Lakshmi’s life, she is forced to question many of the things she takes for granted. During a year and a half of dramatic changes, the process of filming has its own impact on unfolding events and on the relationship between the two women.



Country of Production
India, Denmark, Finland, USA

Year of Production

Digi Beta Pal

59 min

Nishtha Jain

Steps India Media, Raintree Films in co-production with ITVS International, Danish Film Institute, TV2, Tju-Bang Film, Millennium Film and YLE

Original Language
English, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil


Festivals / Awards

IDFA 2007 (Silver Wolf Competition)
One World Int. Human Rights FF Prague 2008
It’s All True IDF Sao Paulo / Rio de Janeiro 2008
Full Frame IDF 2008
Planete Doc Review Warsaw 2008 (Special Mention of Jury in Magic Hour Award Competition)
DOKfest Munich 2008
Seattle IFF 2008
Jerusalem IFF 2008
Golden Apricot IFF Yerewan 2008 (Silver Prize in Int. Documentary Competition)
Flahertiana IDFF Perm 2008 (Silver Nanook for Best Long Film)
Nordisk Panorama Malmö 2008
Cinéma Vérité IDF Tehran 2008 (Special Jury Prize)
Women Make Waves IFF Taiwan 2008
Viennale 2008
Uppsala Int. Short FF 2008
RIDM Montréal 2008
DocPoint Helsinki 2009
Tempo IDF Stockholm 2009
Tartu World FF 2009
Beldocs Belgrade 2009
Dokwoche Hamburg 2009
Gold Award for Best Documentary, awarded by Indian Documentary Producers Association (IDPA) in 2008