Category Archives: Women,s voices

Molly Stuart, nominated to Best Documentary at Imagineindia 2020 for Objector

Molly is a director, producer, and editor based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Molly was a 2018 Women Peace and Security Fellow and 2019 Resident with SFFILM. While earning an MFA in Cinema at San Francisco State University, Molly won the Bill Nichols Excellence in Cinema Award, the Canon Best in Show Award, the Spotlight on Women in Film Award, and the Barbara Hammer Award. Her first feature documentary, Objector, won awards at Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival and St. Louis International Film Festival and landed in the Top 10 Audience Favorites at IDFA. Molly came to filmmaking as a community organizer and continues that work today.

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Rohena Gera, nominated Best Script for Sir at Imagineindia 2020

Rohena Gera studied at Stanford University and Sarah Lawrence College. She works as a scriptwriter for Indian cinema. She also engages in non-profit campaigns to defend peace and equality.

In 2003, Rohena Gera made her screenwriting debut for the first season of the Indian comedy-drama television series Jassi Jaissi Koi Nahin on Sony Entertainment Television.

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Marija Kavtaradze, nominated Best Script for Summer Survivors at Imagineindia 2020

Born in 1991, film director and scriptwriter Marija Kavtaradzė graduated from Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Film Directing studies in 2014. One of her latest short fiction film I’mTwenty Something, 2014 won best student film at Lithuanian Film Academy Awards Silver Crane 2015. Marija Kavtaradzė also co-written the feature film The Saint dir. Andrius Blazevicius, that M-Films also produced, which was premiered at Busan IFF and Warsaw ISFF in 2016, later on had a theatrical release in Lithuania in 2017, with the box office of more than 250 000 Eur. Considered to be one of the most talented upcoming filmmakers in Lithuania,
Marija Kavtaradze was granted support from Lithuanian Film Centre for her debut feature film Summer Survivors.

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Tillotama Shome, nominated Best Actress at Imagineindia for Sir (Rohena Gera)

Tillotama Shome is an Indian film actress. She was nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the 63rd Filmfare Awards for her role in A Death In The Gunj.

Born in Kolkata, India, Shome grew up all over India since her father was with the Indian Air Force. She went to Delhi’s Lady Shri Ram College and became a part of Arvind Gaur‘s Asmita theatre group.  She moved to New York in the Autumn of 2004 for a master’s programme in educational theatre at New York University, where she remained until visiting Mumbai on holiday in February 2008. Thereafter, she took up residence in Mumbai and, after completing some outstanding projects in New York, she returned to India in May 2008.  In New York, she also taught theatre to murder convicts at a high security US prison.

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Kani Kusruti, nominated Best Actress for Biriyaani (Sajin Babu) at Imagineindia

Kani was born in ThiruvananthapuramKerala, to social activist and rationalist parents Jayasree AK and Maitreya Maitreyan. Her parents had dropped their last names to erase the social hierarchy marker that comes with last names in India. At 15, she invented her last name “Kusruti” (meaning “mischievous” in Malayalam) to fill in a requirement in her class 10th exam application. She grew up in Thiruvananthapuram, where she got introduced to the Abhinaya Theatre Research Centre, “a common platform for theatre practitioners”. She later moved to Thrissur, where she enrolled in the theatre arts program at the Thrissur Drama School, between 2005 and 2007. She completed her theatre education at the L’École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq, where she studied physical theatre for two years.

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Lima Das, nominated Best Actress at Imagineindia for Aamis (Bhaskar Hazarika)

Dr. Lima Das is an actor and classical dancer from Guwahati, Assam.
She made her debut in films with the critically acclaimed Assamese film ‘Aamis’ directed by Bhaskar Hazarika, winning the Best Actress awards at the Singapore South Asian International Film Festival (SSAIFF) 2019 and the 4th Sailadhar Baruah Film Awards. She was also felicitated with the Biju Phukan Recognition Award for Acting 2020 for her role in Aamis.

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Rozafa Celaj, nominated Best Actress for Aga,s House at Imagineindia

A 24 year old actress and director, born in Kosovo and raised by parents who are both actors. Attended seven years of professional music school, studying violin, piano, guitar and singing. Graduated from the Faculty of Arts of the Prishtina University, department of TV and Film Directing. While a student Rozafa wrote, directed and produced several short film projects.

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Meryem Uzerli, nominated Best Actress for The Hive at Imagineindia

Meryem Uzerli was born in 1983, Kassel, Germany.
She moved to Hamburg to complete her education and acting training in The acting Studio Frese, before she moved to berlin to continue her Theater career.
She took a part in plays of well-known authors such as Shakespeare, Brecht , Goldoni and Büchner.

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Telling the Stories Beyond the Silver Posters of Satyajit Ray

By Piu Mahapatra. Read full article on Silhouette

Posters are an extension of movies. In a pre-digital world, they were the precursors to come first in public view, not the trailers that cloud the youtube sky like today. Satyajit Ray, a visual artist of immense caliber was particular that the posters of his films remained refreshing and different from the disappointingly dull and monotonous bandwagon. In this article, Piu Mahapatra delves in deep to see how some of these posters, when considered in pairs, whisper a story to each other.

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The song we sang (Aarti Neharsh) India

The Song We Sang
Aarti Neharsh
India.  2020.  21 min

The quiet city of Ahmedabad comes alive during the nine nights of Navratri- a dance festival celebrated across India.  Krishna, an economist questioning certain choices she’s made in her life, meets Alia, a friend’s cousin from Delhi.  A plate of sweet-spicy golgappas and a song leads to more and the two women decide to ditch the loud Navratri event and walk the city,  carrying conversations about love, home, religion, fears, falling for each other as the night grows.  However, every choice made is another choice forgone, leading to a different reality- a reality where this night might not have happened.

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