After traveling 200 miles, a young woman waits out Texas’s state-mandated 24-hour waiting period before her abortion can proceed.
Anu Valia is writer, director, and actor who has produced videos for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, MTV, IFC, CollegeHumor, Vox Media, Refinery29, NYLON Magazine, Above Average, and more.
A graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, Anu's award-winning short films have screened across the country and abroad. Her most recent short film, LUCIA, BEFORE AND AFTER, won the Jury Prize for US Fiction at Sundance Film Festival. It was also an official selection at festivals around the world including South by Southwest, Hong Kong International Film Festival, Nashville Film Festival, and Seattle International Film Festival. LUCIA was a recipient of Refinery29's Shatterbox Anthology grant and is a companion piece to her feature, WE STRANGERS.
Her previous short film, DRIFTERS, was a Special Jury Mention for Narrative Shorts at New Orleans Festival, and won Best Experimental Short at Aesthetica Short Film Festival. And her student thesis film, FIGS, was a Student Academy Award Semifinalist, a National Board of Review Grant Finalist, and an NYU Wasserman Award Finalist. Figs screened at the Torino Film Festival, New Orleans Film Festival, and Directors Guild of America.
Anu directs the Refinery29 series, WOMANHOOD, featuring Aparna Nancherla and Jo Firestone. WOMANHOOD has been featured in The New Yorker, IndieWire, Splitisider, Elle, and more. Her work at CollegeHumor has won a Bronze Telly Award and was nominated for a Webby Award. She is an artist resident of SPACE at Ryder Farm as well as an ambassador for the American Film Showcase, a U.S film diplomacy program promoting arts involvement and education abroad.
Anu is one of six directors contributing to the omnibus feature film, BUSHWICK BEATS, produced by Circle of Confusion and Tandem Pictures."