Local video production company Post Office Editorial, with cultural anthropologist and author Stephen Huyler and cinematographer David Wright will present their 30-minute film “Sonabai: Another Way of Seeing” Thursday through Saturday nights, Dec. 16 through 18 at the Bayview Street Cinema.

The presentation, which also includes a slideshow and a filmmakers discussion, will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets will be $5 at the door.

The film tells the unusual story of Sonabai Rajawar, a woman from India who was kept by her husband in almost total isolation for 15 years.  During that time, Rajawar sculpted the interior walls of her house with a style of art that had no precedent in India’s 5,000 years of art. While many in a similar state of extreme oppression might express their creativity darkly, Rajawar’s art is joyous, colorful, whimsical and humorous.

The film posits that although Rajawar’s art is unique to one remote region of India, her creative message is universal. It portrays a positive solution to seemingly impossible odds and encourages viewers to consider inventive choices when faced with our present global challenges.

The film originally was created to accompany an exhibition of Rajawar’s art, which was displayed at the Mingei International Museum in San Diego this past year. “Sonabai: Another Way of Seeing” is the winner of four Best Film awards including the Santa Fe Film Festival’s Milagro Award for Best Short Film and the Amsterdam Film Festival’s Van Gogh Award for Best World Cinema Documentary.

Huyler, who lives in Camden, premiered the film at a sold-out screening during the 2009 Camden International Film Festival. He said the three-day run is an attempt to give the Midcoast ample opportunity to see the film in a less formal format. He recently returned from a trip to India that included a visit to Rajawar’s remote village, where he and his team screened the film outdoors on the freshly-painted side of a building.

“There were probably a thousand people there that night. It was great fun, and afterwards we go some terrific feedback,” he said.

For more information about the film and its subject, visit sonabai.com.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.