Filmmaker, John McCrite Brings Sneak Preview of Human Rights Documentary to the Coachella Valley to Benefit the Museum of Ancient Wonders in Association With, the LGBTQ+ World History Museum relocation to Palm Springs, California.

(Palm Springs, CA) - Pink Belt is a feature documentary about Aparna Rajawat, India's sixteen-time women's martial arts national champion, teaching other women and young girls self-defense. Her message of female empowerment is changing India one village at a time.

Filmmaker, John McCrite is best known for his film which he wrote and directed, Little Boy Blues, starring Malcolm Gets. Additional films by McCrite include One Third the Terror and The Boy Next Door. McCrite will attend with featured women's rights, and martial arts national champion, Aparna Rajawat. The film's sneak preview is scheduled for July 19, 2024, at 5:00 pm at the Mary Pickford Theatre, Cathedral City, CA.

Bringing the film to the Coachella Valley is the film event production team of Buzz Steussy, Brane Jevric, and Craig Prater. The trio is best known for their work in the early years of the Palm Springs International Film Festival, Bangkok International, Film Focus events, Heartland International, and Latino Fest.

Ms. Rajawat is quoted as saying "India is a fast-developing country, but still half of its population struggle to live life with dignity. Women have long been victims of abuse, mostly sexual and moral abuse. Through Pink Belt Mission we aim to create awareness for a balanced society in which everyone is respected and treated equally.

“Bringing the sneak preview of the feature documentary, Pink Belt, to the desert is a major highlight for the film. The film fans and level of film sophistication that the Coachella Valley residents have is unparalleled. We are excited that legendary festival director and programmer, Craig Prater discovered the film and is shining a spotlight on it. The original version of the film was shot in February 2020, but shooting was cut short due to Covid. Originally called Pink Belt Mission, the first version of the film won Best New Documentary at the Jaipur International Film Festival. We decided the film wasn't complete and went back to India to shoot more footage of Ms. Rajawat's life. This sneak preview will be the first audience to see the new version of the film, now entitled, Pink Belt. It's an honor and pleasure to host the film with Ms. Rajawat," says Director/Producer John McCrite.

This showing of Pink Belt is being held as a fundraiser for the Museum of Ancient Wonders (MoAW), a nonprofit organization, to celebrate its fifth year of operations, and to announce the formation of the LGBTQ+ World History Museum. This sneak preview fundraiser will assist in the relocation of MoAW and the establishment of the LGBTQ+ World History Museum in Palm Springs. “We are honored to celebrate Aparna Rajawat’s heroic accomplishments and humbled to be associated with McCrite's inspiring new documentary. The fundraiser will strengthen our resolve as we work to create museum diversity for the region," says Executive Director and Chief Curator, Alberto Acosta.

Aparna Rajawat and John McCrite, the director, will be joining us for this premiere at the Mary Pickford Theater, 38650 Pickfair Street, Cathedral City.

Tickets are $25, Vip tickets which include the opportunity to meet Aparna and John are $125, and sponsorship opportunities which include a VIP ticket and recognition in the program and on the screen prior to the film are $200. To purchase tickets click below, for VIP click get tickets and choose ViP, and for sponsorship contact the museum below.