EDUCATION

2012     M.F.A. Film and Media Arts, Fulbright Nehru Fellow, Temple University, Philadelphia USA.
2003     M.A. with Honors, Film & Mass Communications, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, India. 

2000     B.A. with Honors, Department of English Literature & Modern European Languages, Jamia   Millia Islamia, New Delhi India.

 

FILMOGRAPHY

2021    BIRD WOMAN (in development)

             115 minutes, Narrative Drama

            Writer-director of a story about a daughter, her father and a magical creature from their past. 

 

            SULTANA’S DREAM

            20 minutes, Sci-Fi Short

            Producer, Writer-Director & Editor of a magical journey of a woman in outer space.

 

            AMERICAN DREAM (in production)

            28 minutes, Video, Documentary 

            Director, co-cinematographer, editor, sound recordist. A decade long portrait of an immigrant taxi driver in U.S. chasing his dream of becoming a filmmaker. 

 

2020   CHLOE´

            8 minutes, Dramatic Short 

            Producer, Writer-Director & Editor of a short about a homeless teenager in Upstate New York.

 

2018    AYESHA

            15 min, HD Video, Narrative Drama                                                         

            Writer-director, producer, editor, sound designer of a short about an American Muslim woman whose secret weekend plans take an unexpected turn when her       

          immigrant father encounters a war veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress.          

 

2012     THE GHETTO GIRL

             28 min, HD Video, Documentary

             Director, producer, editor and sound designer.       

            A personal-essay that unfolds as a girl walking between home and streets of her Muslim neighborhood in New Delhi, India. The film explores how the Partition of

            India casts a shadow on the everyday lives of Muslims. 

 

2009    A DIARY SCATTERED IN TIME AND PLACE

            12 minutes, 16mm Film, Experimental Narrative

            Producer, Writer-Director, Editor of a short about a young woman who finds love in a new city but things fall apart.

            

2008     FOUR WOMEN AND A ROOM

             35 min, Video, Documentary

            Director, producer, editor, sound designer of a documentary about four women in India’s capital city- New Delhi navigating motherhood amidst the social pressure

            to give birth to sons. 

 

2005     ELSEWHERE

             28 min, Video, India-Spain

             Co-Director, cinematographer, editor and sound designer of a short documentary about  young Muslims between India and Spain.

 

2003     WHO CAN SPEAK OF MEN?

            35 min, Video, India

            Director, producer, cinematographer, editor of a documentary about three cross dressing Muslim women who bend all rules in India.

 

PUBLIC ART PROJECTS

2017     OUTSIDE A MOSQUE

            Writer-Director, Cinematographer, Video, 3 mins

            An experimental video about being an outsider.

            Borders in a Single Shot: After Farocki / Ehmann’s Labor in a Single Shot, The Farocki         Academy, Berlin.

 

2016     BEYOND BORDERS

            A community performance project celebrating the legacy of Susan B. Anthony.

            Video, 2 mins created by artist Mary Jaye Blanchard.

 

AWARDS & HONORS

2021 Stowe Story Labs Fellow & SAG Indie Finalist

2021 The Frank J. Romano Endowed Prize, Rochester Institute of Technology

2020 I View World Human Rights Film Festival, Retrospective Screening

2020 Sundance Project Development Lab, Shortlist

2020 Athena Fellow, Power Women Summit, Los Angeles

2019 The Gitner Family Prize for Pro-bono work & artistic achievement

2019 The Athena Screenwriting Lab, New York  

2018 Sundance Screenwriters Lab, Shortlist

2018 Emerging Filmmaker Award, Queens World Film Festival, New York 

2018 Best Ensemble Narrative Short Nomination, Queens World Film Festival

2017 The Virginia Center for The Creative Arts Residency

2017 Mid Atlantic Creative Arts Fellowship 

2017 Award of Distinction, Canada Shorts Film Festival

2017 Honorable Mention, Experimental Forum 

2014 Society for Visual Anthropology Film Festival, AAA Best Graduate Film Award, USA 

2014 International Television Services (ITVS) Women and Girls Lead Global Fellow

2012 Ben Lazaroff Screenwriting Award for Best Original Screenplay

2012 Temple University Graduate Thesis Award

2012 Indian Documentary Producers Association Award for Excellence

2012 Special Jury Award, Federation of Film Societies of India-SIGNS 

2012 Pennsylvania Council for the Arts: PIFVA 

2012 The Carole Fielding Award, University Film & Video Association

2011 Pennsylvania Council for the Arts: PIFVA 

2010 Art Creates Change, The Kym Preusse Speaker Series, Toronto

2009 Fulbright-Nehru Leadership Development Fellow, Temple University

2009 Indian Documentary Producers Association Silver Award for Excellence

2006 Best Documentary Gold, International Digital Film Festival of India 

2004 European Union-India Documentary and Conflict Resolution Fellow, Thompson Foundation UK

2002 Center for the Study of Developing Societies (SARAI), Independent Research Fellow, India

 

FESTIVALS & SCREENINGS

2021 Loss & Transience, An Exhibition of Moving Image Artworks & Documentary Films From

India, VisionMix, Hong-Gah Museum, Taiwan. 

2021 I View World Human Rights Film Festival.

2021 University Film and Video Association Conference.

2019 Women of Color Film Festival, MAGIC Spell Studios, New York        

2018 New Filmmakers, Anthology Film Archives, New York

2017 Canada Shorts Film Festival 

2017 Oil Valley Film Festival

2017 Trenton Film Festival

2017 Queens World Film Festival

2017 The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Artist Residency 

2017 The American Center India-US Cultural Film Festival 

2017 Rochester Institute of Technology, Faculty Showcase

2017 Indo-US Week, The American Center, India 

2017 Young India Fellowship Program, Ashoka University, India

2016 The Little Theatre, Rochester Documentary Filmmakers Showcase 

2016 College of Art & Design Faculty Showcase, RIT 

2016 Alliance Française, Mumbai, India

2015 William Harris Gallery, Rochester Institute of Technology, September 

2014 Kriti, New Delhi, India

2013 Official Selection, International Women’s Film Festival of Seoul, South Korea 

2013 Official Selection, Tempo Dokumentär Festival, Stockholm 

2013 Deptt. of Visual Anthropology, Towson University, Maryland, USA 

2013 University Film and Video Conference, Huret & Specter Gallery Boston, MA 

2012 National Public Service Broadcast, India

2012 International Association of Women in Radio and Television, Our Lives to Live 

2012 Refractions on Muslim Identity, Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology & Anthropology, USA 

2012 International Visual Sociology Association, New York 

2012 International Conference on Islam, Gender and Youth in South-East Asia, Berlin, Germany 

2011 The Open Frame Film Festival, India

2011 India National Television Broadcast 

2010 Official Selection, Mumbai International Film Festival 

2009 Official Selection, Karachi International Film Festival, Pakistan

2009 Official Selection, International Documentary & Short Film Festival, Kerala 

2009 Official Selection, Indo-Korea International Women’s Film Festival 

2009 9th International Social Communication Cinema, India 

2009 Official Selection, The Indo-Korea International Women’s Film Festival    

2008 Official Selection, Indian Panorama Section, International Film Festival of India 

2008 Official Selection, Federation of Film Societies of India SIGNS 

Included in UNESCO package on gender training & sexual health distributed by The Public Service Broadcasting Trust, New Delhi

2008 Indian National Television Broadcast 

2007 The EU-India Conflict Resolution Programme, UK 

2007 The Thompson Foundation, Cardiff, UK 

2007 Channel 4 Network, 60 years of Indian Independence, UK 

2007 Official Selection, Public Service Broadcasting International Film Festival, India 

2006 The British Council Library, New Delhi, India 

2006 The Rialto Theatre, Amsterdam 

2006 Pink Apple Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Zurich, Switzerland

2005 Official Selection, The Berlin Gay and Lesbian Film Festival 

2005 Chicago Lesbian & Gay International Film Festival

2005 Philadelphia International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

2005 Official Selection, London Gay and Lesbian Film Festival 

2005 Official Selection, Copenhagen Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Denmark 

2005 Official Selection, Cineffable, Paris Feminist & Lesbian Film Festival 

2005 Official Selection, Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival 

2004 Official Selection, The British Film Institute Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, UK 

2004 Official Selection, Larzish International Festival of Gender and Sexuality Mumbai 

 

PUBLIC LECTURES & ARTIST TALKS

2021 Led by Her, Harvard Kennedy School of Government Leadership Program

2021 Filming the Muslim Woman, Conversation with journalist Teresa Rehman.

2020 International Documentary Association: Decolonize the Documentary

2020 Documentary Realism and Media Literacy: Christ Church University, Bengaluru, India

2020 Centering the Margins: On Screen Narratives, Privilege & Dynamics of Exclusion 

I View World Human Rights Film Festival & New York South Asian Film Festival.

2020 Faith, Gender and Race in South Asian Identity, a panel with actor and entrepreneur Farah Bala and artist Sadiya Abjani, Farsight, NYC.

2020 Led by Her, Harvard Kennedy School of Government Leadership Program

2020 Documentary Film as Activism, Rochester Documentary Filmmakers

2019 Screenwriting Workshop, Mass TV Studios, New Delhi

2017 Documentary Practice: In Conversation with noted Indian writer, Urvashi Butalia

2017 Found in Transit: Notes on Hybrid Practice, Rochester Institute of Technology

2017 Cinema and Virtual Reality: Notes on Practice Frameless Labs RIT

2016 Transmedia Storytelling, Jamia Millia Islamia, India.              

2016 Stories for Change: Us and Them Rochester Institute of Technology

2013 Improvisation and Indian Theatre: In conversation with theatre-director Mr. M.K. Raina, India

2012 Documentary Practice, Vadhera Art Gallery, Modern Indian and Contemporary Art India.

2012 Art Creates Change, Kym Preusse Lecture, Ontario College of Art and Design & York

University, Toronto, Canada.

2012 Refractions on Muslim Identity, Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology 

University of Pennsylvania.

2012 New Mobilities and Evolving Identities: Islam in South-East Asia, Berlin

2009 Personal is Political, Indo-Korea Women’s International Film Festival, Chennai, India

2008 Women, Conflict and Filmmaking, The Open Frame Film Festival, New Delhi, India

 

GRANTS

2021 Advance Connect Grant, Rochester Institute of Technology

2020 Global Fund for Women

2019 Advance Connect Grant, Rochester Institute of Technology

2019 Faculty Development Grant, Rochester Institute of Technology

2018 Advance Connect Grant, Rochester Institute of Technology,

2018 Faculty Development Grant, Rochester Institute of Technology 

2016 Faculty Development Grant, Rochester Institute of Technology 

2012 Philadelphia Independent Film and Video Grant

2012 The Public Service Broadcasting Trust, National Film Commission, India

2011 Philadelphia Independent Film and Video Grant

2011 University Project Completion Fellowship, Temple University 

2010 University Exhibition and Distribution Grant, Temple University

2009 The Public Service Broadcasting Trust, National Film Commission, India

2007 The Public Service Broadcasting Trust, National Film Commission, India

 

 

ARTIST DEVELOPMENT 

2020 Independent Filmmakers Project Week, NYC

2020 Producing Fundamentals, Molly Asher in conversation with Avril Speaks

2020 Immersive Editing, Doc NYC Webinar

         Pitch Deck & Look Books with Olivia Klaus, Women Make Movies                             

2019 Sundance Collabs Directing Workshop with Peter Sollett

2018 Sundance Documentary Fundraising Webinar

2018 Sundance Screenwriting Webinar

2018 Catapult Documentary Funding Webinar 

2018 ITVS How to Create an effective work sample Webinar 

2018 Development Funds for Documentary Filmmakers, Women Make Movies Webinar

2017 Documentary Fundamentals: Post Production, Union Docs, NYC 

2016 Filming in Cuba with Abbas Kiarostami 

 

COMMERCIAL EXPERIENCE

2020 Screenwriting Workshop: Mass Studios, New Delhi. An international production house creating content for Netflix and Discovery Channel. Based in

New Delhi, India and Toronto, Canada.

2009 Editor/Sound Designer/ Sound Mixer for Laying Janaki to Rest. 

Client: Ekaa Films & Public Service Broadcasting Trust, India 

2008 Producer for We Can, an Oxfam India campaign to end violence against women. 

Client: Oxfam India 

2007 Editor for Pakistan: A Nation’s Journey. Director Sabiha Sumar. Supported by the SUNDANCE 

FILM INSTITUTE, ZDF, Arté, Vidhi Films, the film has been broadcast on PBS Independent Lens.

2005 Action India, Protection of Women Against Domestic Violence Act

2005 Producer/Director/Editor for Barefoot Doctors: Experiments in Rural Health. 

Client: HIVOS India

2004 Producer/Director/Editor for Rainbows. A documentary on primary school education in 

India. Client: National Council for Education, Research & Training, India.

2003 Assistant Director/Assistant Editor of The City Beautiful. A documentary about a 

community of traditional weavers facing loss of livelihood under globalization. 

Client: Aakar Films & UNESCO, INDIA

2002 Production Assistant, SILENT WATERS. Feature length narrative, Director Sabiha Sumar 

Golden Leopard Locarno Film Festival. Vidhi Films. 

 

TEACHING 

2015 Assistant Professor, College of Art and Design, Rochester Institute of Technology, New York 

2012-2015Assistant Professor, Mass Communication Research Center, Jamia Millia Islamia, India 

2007-2009 Visiting Professor, Mass Communication Research Center, Jamia Millia Islamia, India       

2003-06 Adjunct Professor, Mass Communication Research Center, Jamia Millia Islamia, India 

 

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

Karvaan India: Take on Democracy, Advisory Board Member

Asian American Documentary Filmmakers Collective 

Women Make Movies

Center for Asian American Media

Brown Girls Doc Mafia

Union Docs, New York City

Fulbright Alumni Association

Independent Filmmaker Project, New York City

International Women’s Association for Radio and Television

University Film and Video Association

Philadelphia Independent Film and Video Association

Rochester Documentary Filmmakers

 

TECHNICAL SKILLS

Arri Alexa, Arri D21

Sony Fs7, A7S3

Canon 5D Mark II/III, Canon C3

Aaton 16mm, Bolex

Final Cut Pro, Adobe Creative Suite

 

LANGUAGES                   

English, Hindi, Urdu 

Arabic (Read-only)