Category Archives: Women,s voices

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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Saroj Dutta and His Times (Kasturi Basu, Mitali Biswas) India

Saroj Dutta and His Times
Kasturi Basu, Mitali Biswas
India.  2018.  115 min

A communist poet and radical journalist, a secret State killing, an attempted revolution sparked in the village of Naxalbari at the Himalayan foothills.  Setting out to tell the story of the slain revolutionary Saroj Dutta (lovingly known as comrade S.D.), the film gets drawn into a vortex of his tumultuous times, tracing turns and twists of the communist movement in India over three decades.  A search by present-generation filmmakers, the film uses personal and public historical archives and conversations with rebels of the Naxalbari rebellion.  Five decades later, the film holds a key to understanding the turbulent, audacious sixties and seventies in India and the world.

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Molly Stuart (Objector) In Imagineindia

First published in FILM DAILY

Molly Stuart is an up-and-coming filmmaker with a message to send. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area,  Molly was a 2018 Women Peace and Security Fellow.  She did all this while earning an MFA in cinema at San Francisco State University. That’s not all. Molly has 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. Continue reading Molly Stuart (Objector) In Imagineindia

Meet Jessica Oreck – “One man dies a million times”

By Sophia Stewart for Women and Hollywood

Jessica Oreck is a writer and director.  Her first film, “Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo,” was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award in 2010 and aired on PBS’ “Independent Lens” series, as well as playing theatrically around the world.  Since then, her credits have included ” “Venus,” “Aatsinki: The Story of Arctic Cowboys,” and “The Vanquishing of the Witch Baba Yaga.” Continue reading Meet Jessica Oreck – “One man dies a million times”