Filmmakers

SANJAY KAK / Director

is an independent documentary film-maker whose films Jashn-e-Azadi (How we celebrate freedom, 2007, about the idea of freedom in Kashmir), Words on Water (2002, about the struggle against the Narmada dams in central India; Best Long Film prize at the Internacional Festival of Environmental Film & Video, Brazil), and In the forest hangs a bridge (1999, about the making of a 1000 ft bridge of cane and bamboo in north east India; Golden Lotus Best Documentary Film National Film Awards; Asian Gaze Award, Pusan Short Film Festival, Korea) reflect his interests in ecology, alternatives and resistance politics.
His film work includes One Weapon (1997, about democracy in the 50th year of Indian independence), and Harvest of Rain (1995). He has also made twinned films on the theme of migration, This Land, My Land, Eng-Land! (1993) looking at people of Indian origin in the fringes of the city of London, and A House and a Home (1993) in post-apartheid South Africa; and Cambodia: Angkor Remembered (1990), a reflection on the monument and its place in Khmer society.
Born in 1958, Sanjay read Economics and Sociology at Delhi University, and is a self-taught filmmaker. Based in New Delhi, he is actively involved in the documentary film movement, and in the Campaign against Censorship and the Cinema of Resistance project. In 2008 he participated in Manifesta7, the European Biennale of Art, in Bolzano, Italy, with the installation A Shrine to the Future: The memory of a hill, about the mining of bauxite in the Niyamgiri hills of Odisha. He writes occasional political commentary, and is the editor of Until My Freedom Has Come – The New Intifada in Kashmir, (Penguin India 2011, Haymarket books 2013). 

TARUN BHARTIYA / Editor & Co-writer

is a filmmaker, a poet in the Hindi language and a political activist based in Shillong. His films include When the Hens Crow (2013), Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (Royal Television Society Award, Best documentary series 2010), Tourist Information for Shillong (2007) as well as music videos for several Shillong bands. As an editor he has worked on notable films with film-makers like Vasudha Joshi (Girl Song, 2003; Songlines, 2010, and Cancer Katha, Special Jury Award, National Awards 2012) Jashn-e-Azadi (Sanjay Kak 2007) and In Camera (Ranjan Palit 2010, National Award for Best Editing).
His poems and their translations have appeared in various anthologies including Dancing Earth: Contemporary poetry from North East India(Penguin), Das Baras – Hindi Kavita Ayodhya ke Baad(SAHMAT). He was a founder member of alt-space, an independent cultural and political space in Shillong, and is a member of Thma U Rangli Juki (TUR), a progressive people’s group in Meghalaya.

RANJAN PALIT / Cinematographer

has been working as a documentary film-maker and cameraman for the last twenty-five years. His films include Voices from Baliapal (National Award, 1989; Golden Conch, BIFF 1990), Follow the Rainbow (Valais Award, Geneva 1992) The Magic Mystic Marketplace (Golden Conch, MIFF 1996, UNESCO Prize, Munich 1997), and Forever Young, on Lou Majaw, a 62-year-old rocker from Shillong. As one of India’s most distinguished cinematographers he has shot more than 100 documentary films, an experience he reflects on in his film In Camera: Diaries of a Documentary Cameraman (Best long documentary, International Documentary Festival, Kerala, 2010). He has also received the National Award for Best Cinematography for the documentaries In the Forest Hangs a Bridge (Sanjay Kak 1998) and Conversations (Arvind Sinha 2004). His work on the feature film Saat Khoon Maaf  (Vishal Bhardwaj 2011) won the Mumbai Producer’s Guild award. His other feature films include the Bengali language films Abosheshey (Aditi Roy 2011), Aparajita Tumi (Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury 2012) and Shyamal Uncle Turns off the Lights (Suman Ghosh 2012).

SETU PANDEY / Cinematographer

graduated from the FTII Pune in 1999, and his early work as an independent cinematographer includes the documentaries Jari Mari: Of Cloth and other stories (Surabhi Sharma 2001, Best documentary Karachi, 2002, Special Jury Award, Festival of Three Continents, Argentina) DamAge (Aradhana Seth 2002) Turtle People (Surabhi Sharma 2003), The Great Indian School Show (Avinash Deshpande 2005). In 2006 he created a video installation titled ‘Manus/Hands’ shown as part of the show ‘On Difference # 2’ at the Kunstverein, Stuttgart , Germany and the Waterman Gallery, London, 2007. His work on the feature film Charas (Tigmanshu Dhulia 2004) has been part of a mix of small budget, experimental and mainstream films: Reflections (Bejoy Nambiar, Best Cinematography Award, New York Short Film Festival, 2006) Make-Ups(Jehangir Jani 2005) Shadows Formless (Ashish Avikuntak 2005) were followed by the hugely successful Taare Zameen Par (Aamir Khan 2007) and Kahaani(Sujoy Ghosh 2011), and the soon to be released Ghanchakkkar (Rajkumar Gupta 2012).

MADHU APSARA / Sound Designer

has had a long and distinguished career as a recordist and sound designer spanning an eclectic range of feature films and documentaries. His early work includes the feature films Dharavi(Sudhir Mishra 1991) Current(K Hariharan 1992) and Marana Simhasanam (Murali Nair 1999, which won the Camera d’Or, at Cannes). He has also worked on films like Ashoka (Santhosh Sivan 2001), Company (Ram Gopal Varma 2002) Jhankar Beats(Sujoy Ghosh 2002) Hazaron Khwaishe Aise(Sudhir Mishra 2002) and Jhonny Gaddar(Sriram Raghavan 2007,which won the Filmfare Award for Best Sound). As a close associate of the distinguished Indian avant-garde filmmaker Mani Kaul, he has worked as Chief Assistant Director on the short fiction The Cloud Door 1993 and the feature Naukar Ki Kameez 1999. His recent work encompasses the audiography of Stanley Ka Dabba (Amole Gupte 2011), Gattu (Rajan Khosa 2011), Agent Vinod (Sriram Raghavan 2012) as well as the recent Himmatwala (Sajid Khan 2013). He has also worked on the sound recording and design of the documentaries Manjuben Truck Driver (Sherna Dastur 2002) Sea City (Lalitha Krishna 2005) and Jashn-e-Azadi (Sanjay Kak 2007).

WORD SOUND POWER featuring DELHI SULTANATE / Music

is a New Delhi based collective that collaborates with South Asian musicians who use music for social justice. Formed in 2010 by electronic music producer Chris McGuinness, dancehall vocalist Delhi Sultanate, and documentary filmmaker Kush Badhwar, WSP travel across South Asia in search of the sounds and voices of resistance. Using a mobile recording studio, the group collaborates with revolutionary singers to produce new, genre-defying music that, in turn, gets remixed by a global network of producers. Having completed the films and musical albums of WSP1: The Bant Singh Project (Punjab), and WSP2: Blood Earth (Odisha), they will spend 2013 engaged in WSP3: Gaddar (Telangana). All their media is freely distributed at http://wordsoundpower.org