Six Indian film professionals to be ‘global media makers’

Six Indian film professionals are among the 18 to have been chosen for Film Independent’s prestigious Global Media Makers (GMM) initiative. GMM is a mentoring initiative and cultural exchange program aimed at building a relationship between American film industry professionals with talent from South Asia, West Asia and Turkey.

The six Indian fellows and their projects include writer Triparna Banerjee’s A Year of Cold (Chiso Barsa), which is about a pregnant woman who journeys deep into the remote, harsh Himalayas with her monk brother-in-law to search for her missing husband and give her child an identity; writer-director Shazia Iqbal’s Blood Circle, an anthology of stories set in Mumbai that “explores the vicious circle of oppression that transforms a human from prey to predator”; Nishtha Jain’s The Golden Thread, a documentary on India’s ageing jute mills, where harsh working conditions coexist with hopes for its ecological revival; Bikas Mishra’s Testimony (Bayaan) about a powerful religious guru who is accused of rape and a rookie female detective who must identify the guru’s anonymous accuser and convince her to testify in court; Christo Tomy’s Undercurrent (Ullozhukku), which follows a pregnant widow during floods, who waits for her unloving husband’s funeral and lies that she is carrying his child to escape her family’s wrath and reunite with her secret lover; and filmmaker Miriam Chandy Menacherry.

"From India, we have six remarkable projects, capturing a wide range of genres, styles and regions, but all embodying the true originality and strength of Indian film culture today," said Josh Welsh, President of Film Independent.

This year’s fellows — nine men and nine women — will receive a year-long fellowship that begins on October 1 with a six-week LA Residency.

Six Indian film professionals to be ‘global media makers’

Fellows will develop their current projects with a team of U.S. mentors, including filmmakers and screenwriters like Andrew Ahn (Spa Night), Jay Duplass (Room 104), Craig Mazin (Chernobyl), Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy), Justin Simien (Dear White People), Mary Sweeney (Mulholland Drive), Lulu Wang (The Farewell) and Bradford Young (Selma).

Six Indian film professionals to be ‘global media makers’

“To see veteran filmmakers and [previous] Film Independent fellows as mentors is very rewarding,” said Maria Raquel Bozzi, senior director of education and international initiatives at Film Independent.

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