Pavitra Chalam

India

It’s not often that you come across a Founder and Filmmaker who is a former national level athlete and skater, journalist, peace ambassador, kick boxer, Woman of the Year and this generation’s Dragon Warrior (of Kung Fu Panda fame). Pavitra has been making films on social issues for close to a decade. Her dream has always been to eternalise issues that are important and bring them to the world through the magical and powerful medium of film. After graduating from the New York Film Academy’s Filmmaking Program, Pavitra made her directorial debut with ‘Bus’ (a film that made its mark at the Youth Initiative for Peace in Pakistan), was a journalist at the World Youth Congress in Morocco and travelled across Europe in 2004 as an Ambassador of the NGO – Peace Child International. Her work has brought her many awards including the Ability Media International (AMI) Award in London 2010 for Khushboo, a film about children with complex needs. On her journey as a storyteller and a champion of change there has been no hesitation, no looking back. Early in 2012, she founded her own production house in Bangalore, called CurleyStreet Media.Pavitra was recently awarded the Asia Pacific Award for Outstanding New Documentary Talent at the DocWeek film festival, 2014 in Australia for her feature documentary on Down’s syndrome called ‘Indelible’.

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