Sunanda Bhat


Sunanda's interest in documentaries is to represent people living on the margins of an intricate and stratified Indian society. Convinced about the strengths of story-telling as a way to communicate an idea, Sunanda constantly looks for new and interesting ways of telling these stories.

Her latest independent work 'Have you seen the arana?' won critical acclaim with screenings at film festivals in India and in Toronto, Milan, Paris, London, New York, Finland, Serbia, Indonesia, China and other countries. Among the prominent awards are the Golden Conch at Mumbai International Film Festival, Mark Haslam Award at
Planet in Focus Film Festival and at the Jean Rouch Ethnographic Film Festival in Paris.

She was invited to present her film at Metropolis Kino, an art-house cinema theatre in Hamburg and showcase her film at the Tisch School of the Arts in New York, participating in a symposium “Visualizing ‘the Real’ in South Asia: New Documentary On and Off Screen.”

She has also made commissioned films on rural sanitation, dry land farming by
women farmers and others under the banner Songline Films []. As part of Vikalp Bengaluru, she is actively involved in screening award-winning documentaries in the city. She is currently working on two film projects based in North Karnataka and Udupi. Sunanda lives and works in Bangalore.


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