Discussants

Posted by Magic Lantern Movies LLP on February 3, 2014
 

Anjali Monteiro and K. P. Jayasankar

Anjali Monteiro and K. P. Jayasankar are Professors at the School of Media and Cultural Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. Both of them are involved in documentary production, media teaching and research.

They have won thirty-two national and international awards for their documentary work. Their most recent award is the Basil Wright Prize for So Heddan So Hoddan (Like Here Like There) at the 13th RAI International Festival of Ethnographic Film, Edinburgh 2013. They have had 4 retrospectives of their films: Vibgyor Film Festival, Kerala 2006, Bangalore Film Society 2010, Madurai International Film Festival 2012 and Parramasala, Sydney 2013. An adaptation of their film Saacha (The Loom) was a part of the exhibition Project Space: Word. Sound. Power. at the Tate Modern, London, between July and November 2013 and at Khoj, New Delhi in Jan-Feb 2014.

They have several papers in the area of media and cultural studies. They are both recipients of the Howard Thomas Memorial Fellowship in Media Studies at Goldsmith’s College, London and at the University of Western Sydney. They have been visiting Professors/scholars at the University of Lund, Sweden, University of California Berkeley, University of Bergen, Norway and at the University of Technology, Sydney.

 

Anupama Chandra

Anupama Chandra is a film editor. She has graduated with a diploma in film editing from the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, India (1997) and degrees in English Language and Literature from the University of Oxford, UK (1995) and St. Stephen’s College, Delhi (1992).

Over the last fourteen years she has worked as an editor on several documentary films, and has also edited the Encyclopedia of Hindi Cinema for the Encyclopedia Britannica. Her most recent work is about the life and work of Mythily Sivaraman Fragments of a Past (2012) with director and historian Uma Chakravarti; and White Robes, Saffron Dreams (2013) on women in Theravada Buddhism with director Teena Gill. She also reviews for the books page on The Asian Age.

 

Anupama Srinivasan

Anupama Srinivasan is a freelance filmmaker based in Delhi. She did her BA in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University where she also got an opportunity to take courses in still photography and non fiction filmmaking. Later she studied film direction at the Film and Television Institute of India. She has been making documentaries and short films for over a decade on diverse themes such as gender, music and education. Her films have been screened at various film festivals including Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, FIPA Biarritz, Mumbai International Film Festival and Kara Filmfest. She is currently the Festival Director of the IAWRT Asian Women's Film Festival and the Associate Course Director of the Creative Documentary Course at the Sri Aurobindo Centre for Arts & Communication.

 

Deepa Dhanraj

Deepa Dhanraj is an award winning filmmaker who has been actively involved in the women's movement since 1980. Over the years, she has participated in workshops, seminars and discussion groups on various issues related to women's status - political participation, health and education.

Deepa has an extensive filmography spanning nearly three decades that include many series of films on education and health as well as award winning documentaries. Enough of this Silence (2008), The Advocate (2007), Nari Adalat (2000), Itta Hejje Mundakka Thegiya Bediri Hindakka, a series of 12 films for elected women in Gram Panchayats (1995), The Legacy of Malthus (1994), Something like a War (1991), and Sudesha (1983), are a few of her films.

Her films have traveled to numerous film festivals world wide. Her film Kya Hua Is Shehar Ko? was recently restored by the Arsenal, Berlin.

 

Jabeen Merchant

Jabeen Merchant did her BA in English literature, learnt journalism and mass communication, worked at the news desk for the evening paper Mid-Day and then trained as an editor at the Film and Television Institute of India. She has wide experience in both the Bombay film industry and the community of independent documentary filmmakers; and is known especially for her work in editing and co-scripting a number of feature length documentaries. She also occasionally writes about cinema and teaches film editing.

 

Latika Gupta

Latika Gupta is currently pursuing a PhD in visual studies at the Jawaharlal Nehru University. Her research interests are in the area of Tibetan and Himalayan art and ritual practices, focusing on questions of politico-cultural identity. She has received fellowships from the Charles Wallace India Trust and the Nehru Trust for research projects on Buddhist art and performative rituals.

Latika has worked on documentary films and photography projects tracing the history of Indian art and as a curator at the National Gallery of Modern Art and at KHOJ International Artists' Association, besides curating independent exhibitions with artists from India and Pakistan. She recently curated Homelands an exhibition of contemporary art from the British Council Collection. Latika writes as a critic for Art India Magazine and has also published essays in Marg magazine.

 

Madhavi Menon

Madhavi Menon is Professor of English at Ashoka University; she works on queer theory and questions of desire in literature, politics, and film. Her books include Wanton Words: Rhetoric and Sexuality in English Renaissance Drama, Unhistorical Shakespeare: Queer Theory in Shakespearean Literature and Film; she is also editor of Shakesqueer: A Queer Companion to the Complete Works of Shakespeare.

 
 

Mallika Shakya

Mallika Shakya is an economic anthropologist with a PhD from LSE. She works on socio-economic embeddedness, labour and popular nationalism. She had worked on researching the rise and fall of readymade garment industry in Nepal between 2001 and 2011, and its overlap with the Maoist movement. Currently she is researching the popular notions about nationalism and regionalism in South Asia.

Mallika is interested in developing comparative perspectives between South Asia and Africa. She has an over a decade long work experience in international development, including assignments in the World Bank and the United Nations.

 

Manak Matiyani

Manak Matiyani is a trainer and development consultant working on issues of gender, sexuality and violence with young people. He has led a social media campaign to train young people to create and use digital stories to talk about gender based violence with peers. He has worked with The Youth Collective, The Magic Lantern Foundation and the Tata Institute of Social Sciences. He has made three documentary films which explore gender, identity and marginalisation in the personal and public realm.

 
 

Navroze Contractor

Navroze Contractor studied film direction and cinematography at the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune. He studied photography with Bhupendra Karia and advanced cinematography with Laszlo Kovacs (famous for shooting Easy Rider) in USA. He further studied video production at Sony Corporation, Tokyo, Japan.

Navroze has been the cinematographer for many award winning feature films. Some of them are; Duvidha directed by Mani Kaul, Limited Manuski and Devi Ahilya Bai directed by Nachiket Patwardhan, Percy directed Pervez Merwanji, Love in the Time of Malaria directed by Sanjiv Shah and Devarkadu directed by Pattabhi Rama Reddy. He shot Frames, directed by Chetan Shah, the first feature film in India to be shot entirely on High Definition format.

His name is attached to such legendary films like Balad of Pabu by George Luneau , Dreams of the Dragon’s Children, shot entirely in China, by Pierre Hoffmann, Are You Listening by Martha Stewart, and Last House in Bombay by Luke Jennings. His major Indian films are All In The Family by Ketan Mehta, What Has Happened To This City, Something Like A War, The Legacy Of Malthus by Deepa Dhanraj, and Famine 87 by Sanjiv Shah. His recent works include The Advocate, that looks into the history of Human Rights, and Invoking Justice, a film about a Muslim Women’s Jamaat, both directed by Deepa Dhanraj.

He writes regularly as ‘Editor at Large’ for CAR India/BIKE India, Zigwheels, and e-magazine Wheelsunplugged.

 

Pankaj Butalia

Pankaj Butalia completed his graduation and post-graduation in Economics at the St. Stephen's College, Delhi University, and was the President and Founder Member of Delhi University’s only film society - Celluloid - from 1975-80. He was Regional Secretary and Secretary of Federation of Film Societies of India, founded by Satyajit Ray, at different times between 1986-1997.

He has made eleven documentaries and one fiction film. Most of his documentaries have been screened extensively throughout the world and one of them, Moksha, won four major international awards in 1993-94. His first feature film, Karvaan won a special award at Amiens in 1999 and has been screened at film festivals in Venice, Toronto, Rotterdam, Belgium, Hong Kong, Turkey, New Delhi and Calcutta, among other places.

Some of his other works include When Hamlet Came to Mizoram, Tracing the Arc, A Million Steps, Manipur Song; his most recent film being Textures of Loss on the conflict in Kashmir and the impact of sustained violence on people’s minds, lives and health.

Pankaj has been member of Indian and International Film Juries that include Oberhausen, Germany, Clement Ferront, France and Nordisk Panorama in Bergen, Norway. On behalf of the Federation of Film Societies of India, he has organized the documentary section of three major Indian International Film Festivals – in 1986, 1987 and 1988.

He also writes for national newspapers like The Times of India and The Economic Times on a range of issues from academics to sports to politics/rights issues.

 

R. V. Ramani

R. V. Ramani, graduated in Physics from Mumbai University and took up photojournalism as a profession for three years. He then joined the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, specializing in Motion Picture Photography. He started making his own documentaries since 1990. With more than 20 independent impressionistic documentaries to his credit, he is one of the leading documentary filmmakers in India, having established a unique style of his own. Ramani’s films are experimental, self-reflective and deals with various aspects of expressions. He regularly conducts workshops on various aspects of documentary film-making at various Film schools. Currently he is working on many feature length documentaries and is based in Chennai.

 

Rahul Roy

Rahul Roy graduated from the Mass Communication Research Centre at Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi with a post graduate degree in film making. His films have travelled across the globe to various documentary film festivals and have won several prestigious awards.

Roy’s films explore the themes of masculinity and gender relations against the larger background of communalism, labour, class identities and urban spaces. His work has focused primarily on masculinities. Besides film making he has been researching and writing on masculinities. His graphic book on masculinities titled A Little Book on Men was recently published by Yoda Press.

Roy is the Director of Aakar, a Delhi based trust that works in the area of media, culture and research. Aakar has been engaged in several interventions on masculinities across the South Asian region for more than a decade now. Roy is also the co-ordinator of Let’s Talk Men 2.0.

 

Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam

Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam are an Indian-Tibetan filmmaking team based in Dharamshala, India. They worked as independent filmmakers in San Francisco and London before moving back to India. Working through their film company, White Crane Films, they have produced and directed several documentaries, mostly focusing on Tibet-related subjects. These include: The Reincarnation of Khensur Rinpoche (1991), The Trials of Telo Rinpoche (1993), and The Shadow Circus: The CIA in Tibet (1998). In 2005, they completed Dreaming Lhasa, a dramatic feature film executive produced by Jeremy Thomas, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.

They have also worked on video installations, including Some Questions on the Nature of Your Existence (2007), which was shown at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo and the 2010 Busan Biennale.

Their feature documentary, The Sun Behind the Clouds: Tibet’s Struggle for Freedom (2009), won several awards including the Vaclav Havel Award at the One World Film Festival in Prague. When Hari Got Married is their most recent film. They are also directors of the Dharamshala International Film Festival.

 

Rupleena Bose

Rupleena Bose works as an Assistant Professor of English Literature at University of Delhi. She is also the Convener of the College Theatre Society as well as the Film Society. Her research interests include Cinema and Urban Cultures, Documentaries and the city, Womens’ Autobiographies in 19th century colonial Bengal, Literature and Visual Art and Music and subcultures. She writes stories as well as research and script for documentaries and screenplays. She also writes on cinema and writing for Economic and Political Weekly, Biblio, OPEN and various other journals. Her other activities include translation. She is also an occasional actor.

 

Samina Mishra

Samina Mishra works as a documentary filmmaker, writer, facilitator/teacher and sound recordist, and has a special interest in media for children.

Her films include Two Lives (2007), The House on Gulmohar Avenue (2005) and Stories of Girlhood (2001). She has also created a multi-media exhibition, Home and Away (2004) and written children's books. Her work has shown at festivals both in India and abroad.

In 2010, she was awarded the Sea Change Residency by the Gaea Foundation, USA in recognition of her work across disciplines.

 

Sanjay Kak

Sanjay Kak is a self-taught independent documentary filmmaker whose recent work reflects his interests in ecology, alternatives and resistance politics. His films include Red Ant Dream (2013) about the persistence of the revolutionary ideal in India, Jashn-e-Azadi (How we celebrate freedom, 2007) about the idea of freedom in Kashmir, Words on Water (2002) about the struggle against the Narmada dams in central India, and In the forest hangs a bridge (1999), about the making of a thousand foot bridge of cane and bamboo in north east India.

His films also include One Weapon (1997), a video about democracy in the 50th year of Indian independence, and twinned films on the theme of migration, looking at people of Indian origin in the fringes of the city of London in This Land, My Land, Eng-Land! (1993) and in post-apartheid South Africa in A House and a Home (1993), as well as Cambodia: Angkor Remembered (1990), a reflection on the monument and its place in Khmer society.

In 2008 he participated in the Manifesta7, the European Biennale of Art, in Bolzano, Italy, with the installation A Shrine to the Future: The memory of a hill, about the mining of bauxite in the Niyamgiri hills of Orissa.

 

Spandan Banerjee

Spandan Banerjee is a National Award winning filmmaker. Born in Calcutta, Spandan studied at St. Xavier's College, Calcutta, India. His stint in art started early as a young cartoonist for The Statesman and Hindustan Time. In 2003, he quit McCann Erikson India as Creative Team Leader and started his own avant-garde film outfit from Delhi, Overdose Films Pvt. Ltd.

His films Beware Dogs, The Fiction, You Don't Belong (Special Jury, NFA 2011) and To-Let have travelled to film festivals all over the world.

He is now setting up a film collective, Overdose Local, a platform to create an independent film scene in Delhi, a city with no defined film space. He directs, produces, edits, shoots, designs and draws. Not having learnt music, his special interest is in finding music through cinema.

 

Subasri Krishnan

Subasri Krishnan, an alumuni of Mass Communication Research Centre at Jamia Millia Islamia, has been an independent documentary filmmaker for the past 10 years. She also heads the Media Lab of the Indian Institute for Human Settlement (IIHS).

Her filmmaking work has ranged from a number of commissioned non-fiction films on rights based issues to documentary films. Her first documentary film Brave New Medium on internet censorship in South-East Asia, has been screened at film festivals, both nationally and internationally. This or That Particular Person was adjudged as the Best Short Documentary Film at the International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala (IDSFFK), 2013. Her forthcoming film (in production) looks at the idea of violence and memory. She will be exploring this idea through the Nellie massacres that took place in Assam in the early 1980s.

In 2008, she was awarded the George Washington University's International Documentary Filmmaker Fellowship. Subasri is a recipient of the Charles Wallace short-term research and professional grant for 2012. She has also been awarded the Film Fellowships of the Public Service Broadcasting Trust twice, 2011 and 2013.

 

Surabhi Sharma

Surabhi Sharma studied film direction at the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, and made her first film in 2001. She completed a BA in Anthropology and Psychology from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai University.

She has worked on seven long documentaries, apart from some short films and video installations. Her key concern has been documenting cities in transition through the lens of labour, music and migration, and most recently reproductive labour. Cinema verite and ethnography are the genres that inform her filmmaking.

Her films have been screened and awarded at international film festivals. Her film has been a part of film series screened at museums and at universities. Surabhi Sharma has directed and scripted fiction telefilms and Science Programming for children. She has worked as an actor with a Mumbai based theatre group.

She has also taught as a guest lecturer at the National Institute of Design and Whistling Woods International. She has received the Majlis Fellowship in 2002. She was awarded the Puma Catalyst Award in 2011 by the Britdoc Foundation.

 
 
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