Aanchal Kapur is the founder of KRITI: a development praxis and communication team in New Delhi. The team works asa support and solidarity group with people’s collectives, non-profits, media agencies, film makers,UN organizations, students and the academia. The Kriti Film Club initiated by her in 2000 has been at the forefront of organizing issue based film screenings for a range of collectives, organizations and students to engage them with socially relevant and thought provoking cinema. Aanchal has mentored several young people and interested citizens in starting similar film clubs in the process. Over 60 documentary filmmakers and organisations are partners of the Kriti Film Club and the dissemination wing (http://www.gestures.in/docushop) distributes over 800 documentary films.
In recent years, she has also been nominating several films for national and international film festivals (including the Vibgyor festival, Kerala; River to River Festival, Florence; International Human Rights Festival, France; IAWRT Festival, New Delhi; etc.). Over the past few years, the Kriti Film Club has slowly forayed into producing issue based films for organisations, as part of its media and communication expertise. Aanchal has been on the jury of the Jeevika South Asia Film Festival on three occasions, was the jury member of the Auroville International Film Festival in 2014 and judged several film based events in colleges and schools and at the British Council.
Amudhan is a documentary filmmaker and media activist. He founded Marupakkam, a media activism group that makes documentaries and organizes regular screenings, film festivals and media workshops in and around Madurai. He has been making documentaries since 1997 and his prominent films include two trilogies on caste and nuclear radiation. ‘Shit’ has won the best film award at the One Billion Eyes film festival in 2005 and the National Jury Award at the MIFF 2006. Amudhan was also instrumental in starting the The Madurai International Documentary and Short Film Festival in 1998, which was in response to the nuclear test in Pokran and subsequent war fever that hit India and Pakistan. The Madurai Film festival concluded its 19th edition in December 2017.
Asha Achy Joseph
Asha is a passionate filmmaker and teacher. After her doctoral studies in Television from the University of Pune, she worked as Producer in two Malayalam satellite television channels Asianet and Indiavision for years. She worked as Assistant Director for the film productions of the renowned Malayalam film directors Lal Jose and Mohan Raghvan. At present, she is heading SH School of Communication, the Media Studies Department of Sacred Heart College (Autonomous) in Kochi, Kerala. Ore Udal, a 14 minutes short feature film, the only non-feature film selected from Kerala for the 46th International Film Festival of India, Goa was shot in the college and her students have formed director’s team in this production. Asha is also one of the core members of Women in Cinema Collective, a women’s organisation in Malayalam Cinema that strives to enhance the quality of workspace for all women working on and off screen in Cinema.
Kislay, a graduate of Film and Television Institute of India is a filmmaker and activist. He was at the forefront of the students’ struggle at FTII in June 2015. His film Hamaare Ghar attempts to understand a class relationship in an atmosphere of love and affection. He is currently working on his new film based in Allahabad.
Nakul Singh Sawhney
Nakul Singh Sawhney is an Indian documentary filmmaker and an alumnus of the Film and Television Institute. His film Muzaffarnagar Baaqi hai, an investigative documentary on the events that led to the Muzzafarnagar riots in 2015 and its aftermath, continues to be an important work of news journalism. Nakul has also begun Chalchitra Abhiyan a grassroots media organization based in UP that trains local youth in the audio-visual medium and disseminates nuanced grassroots news which is often neglected by the mainstream media.
Rahul Roy completed post graduate degree in filmmaking from the Mass Communication Research Centre at Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. His films have travelled across the globe to various documentary film festivals and have won several prestigious awards. Rahul 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 filmmaking, 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.
Ranjan De began to work on independent documentaries in the mid-eighties. He co-founded Magic Lantern Foundation in 1989 and has been involved in most of Magic Lantern’s films in various capacities – as camera person, script writer, editor, director and co-director. He has been a trainer on making and using documentaries and been part of the organising teams of film festivals organised by Magic Lantern. He is currently involved with Magic Lantern Movies LLP in the area of distribution of independent films.
Sanjay Joshi is one of the founders of Cinema of Resistance, an initiative which began with an aim to take non-mainstream, issue-based cinema to places where they are rarely showcased and hone a culture of constructive and creative dissent. Till date, he has helped in curating and successfully organizing 64 Cinema of Resistance film festivals in different Indian cities and numerous small screenings for different groups. Sanjay Joshi is associated with Jan Sanskriti Manch and also the National Convener of Cinema of Resistance initiative and runs a publishing house, Navarun.
Sanjay Kak studied Economics and Sociology at Delhi University and is a self-taught filmmaker. He lives and works in New Delhi where he also writes political commentary. He is active with the documentary cinema movement in India and has been involved with the Cinema of Resistance project for over a decade. His 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.In 2017 he published the critically acclaimed photobook, Witness – Kashmir 1986-2016,9 Photographers, which he curated, edited and wrote, and published independently under the imprint of Yaarbal books.
Satish Poduval is Professor, Department of Cultural Studies, at the English & Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad. He has edited Re-Figuring Culture: History, Theory and the Aesthetic in Contemporary India. He has recently completed a UGC major research project titled Documentary Cinema in India: Questions of History, Ideology and Aesthetics. He is part of the editorial team of Indiancine.ma (Malayalam cinema)
Tarini is a documentarian and researcher based in Delhi. Her independent work has examined the politics of environment and human relations. Her films include The Groundwater Up Project, A Dam Old Story and Water is Life for the Public Service Broadcasting Trust. She has made several short films for organizations such as WWF-India, the Huairou Commission, Jagori, and others. Tarini studied Environmental Policy at Colby College and South Asian University. She is working on a long-term film about dreams in an oil spill. The film is based on Nagaland, and has been screened at the Union Docs Summer Intensive course for independent film, as well as Docedge, a pitching forum in Kolkatta.