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Filmmaker Presentation: Nishtha Jain
November 19, 2019
Thursday, November 21 • 5–7 pm • BMC 5.102
The Department of Radio-Television-Film invites you to a filmmaker presentation with 2019 UT Austin Fulbright Filmmaker-in-Residence, Nishtha Jain. Lalitha Gopalan, Department of Radio-Television-Film, will moderate.
Nishtha Jain is an independent filmmaker based in Mumbai. She is a graduate of the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, and Jamia Mass Communication Research Centre, New Delhi.
From her first independent film City of Photos (2004) to the recent Proof (2019), she's been exploring the human condition in its myriad states. Politics of image-making and self-representation, complexities of social hierarchies, women’s movements and workers’ struggles have been some of the themes her films have dealt with.
Jain is a recipient of numerous international and national film awards, including a Fulbright Fellow (2019), Film Independent Global Media Maker (2019), Sundance Documentary Fellow (2012), and American Show Case Fellow (2016). She has also served as a juror at several important international festivals like IDFA Amsterdam, Zurich Film Festival, and Cinema Verité Teheran.
Her films have screened extensively in international film festivals and art-house cinemas and have broadcast on international TV networks. Furthermore, several international universities have regularly shown her work—including Stanford, Wellesley College, University of Chicago, New York University, University of California at Santa Barbara, California State University, Long Beach, Cambridge University, St. Andrews University, Heidelberg University, Concordia University, Danish Film School, Film & TV Institute of India Pune, Satyajit Ray Film &TV Institute Kolkata, amongst others.
Currently, she is working on new projects which include a feature documentary, mid-length documentary and a multichannel video installation.