The Books we made
Anupama Chandra , Uma Tanuku
India. 2016. 68 min.
The Books we made transports you back in time to 1984, when two women began what was arguably India’s first feminist editorial, Kali for Women, which printed books written by women and for one audience that was largely female, at a time when women had no voice. The film also offers insight into the lives of interesting women, brave women; from Baby Halder’s bildungsroman to the chilling fragment of Sheena Akhtar from her book ‘Talaash’. This documentary has been part of the annual Open Frame festival.
Anupama Chandra is a film editor, director and teacher. She graduated with a degree in Film Editing from the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, and has degrees in English Language and Literature from the Universities of Oxford and Delhi. She has worked as an editor on several films over the last 15 years. A guest faculty at Sri Aurobindo Center for Art and Culture, she ran the co-curricular monsoon semester on film at Ashoka University. She is a regular writer for the books of The Asian Age. This film is the first directorial venture.
Uma Tanuku graduated in Business Management from the University of Madras and specialized in international trade from the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade. After over 15 years at an international trading company, she studied Film Direction at the Film and Television Institute of India. She has since worked as a line producer on several films. Her first film, Night Hawks, is an observational documentary on nocturnal labor. She was the Director of the IAWRT Asian Women’s Film Festival for 2015 and its Co-Director for three years.