A Woman Who Climbs Trees

This is a documentary about a woman so passionate about becoming a scientist nothing in life could stop her.

Her journey is a lesson and an inspiration to many young men and especially women struggling through a never-ending battle of career and family hurdles. We not only learn about her achievements but her resilience and the sleepless nights that got her there.

  • Puja Kolluru
    Director, Reflection
  • Puja Kolluru
    Writer, Blue Will, Reflection
  • TREE Foundation
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    Science, women, insiprational, educational
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 2 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    January 20, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    24,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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Director Biography - Puja Kolluru

Puja Kolluru is a filmmaker from India. She graduated from Ringling College of Art and Design, FL, USA, in May 2017 with Bachelors in Fine Art in Film with Honors. She has a unique style of integrating experimentalism into narrative films. She adds an extra layer to regular stories creating a form of visual poetry in her fictional content. At the same time, she brings out stories of people in their truest sense with her documentary work

Puja proved her skills in writing & directing with her thesis film ‘Reflection’ which has won 'Best Film' and 'Best Director' Awards in her school film festival juried by Tribeca Juror. The film has also been the official selection at SOSE International Film Festival, WoW Film Festival, Semi-Finalist in LA Cine Fest and also few others.

Her recent film - A Woman Who Climbs Trees is an inspiring documentary about Dr. Meg Lowman, a National Geographic scientist whose pioneering work inspired millions of men, women and children alike all around the world.

She currently moved to India to make impactful content for her home audience. At present, she's working on a web-series with a well-established production house in Hyderabad.

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Director Statement

A Woman who climbs trees is a documentary that explores the challenges women and men face with a career in science. Dr. Lowman reveals her personal experiences and vulnerabilities demystifying the hardships she faced in a male-dominated and physically challenging career. The documentary provides young people with a sense of ‘I can’ and encourage them to pursue their passions despite the obligations and expectations of society. As the mother of two boys, Canopy Meg also hopes her stories will help boys overcome hurdles in their careers.

Moreover, this documentary was filmed by a one-woman crew walking along the hard terrains of Amazon forest and 172 feet high canopy walkways - providing an example for young women in the film industry as well.

Millions of youth from all around the world watching this documentary will see a woman who walked a hard path and left a trail of experiences that they could learn from. Hopefully, it will encourage more youth to seek a career in science or whatever they dream of doing - boldly, resiliently, and bravely.