Vinod Raja


Graduated from the Film and Television Institute of India-FTII with a specialisation in cinematography 1984-85 . As the director of photography, filmed many advertisement commercials, documentaries.

FILMOGRAPHY as a Director

1995 -TOLI CHINUKA or ”The fragrance of the first rain” 22 minutes Hi Band u-matic, on the indigenous water harvest systems through tanks ponds and lakes in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. Premiered at the Mumbai International film festival of shorts documentaries and animation films ,MIFF -1996.

The bee,the bear and the kuruba. 16mm, 35mm print. 66 minutes, on the indigenous people protesting against the opening of a luxury resort in the core area of the Nagarahole National park, while they were being forcibly thrown out. Shown across the world in more than 35 international film festivals.

2006- 35mm Cinemascope Photographed a Hindi/Dakhni feature film titled Doosra, premiered at the International film festival of Kerala in 2007

2007- Mahua Memoirs, DV, 80 minutes . Saloo, the bard and Thirku the Baiga take us on a journey through the lives of the many tribal communities who live in the mountain tracts and forests of the Eastern Ghats. The film unfolds the life visions and struggles of the indigenous people against mining.
Won 5 awards including the silver conch at the Mumbai Interntional film festival MIFF-2008 and the top award for long form documentaries at International documentary film festival of Kerala 2008.

2008- Vanishing trails, tales of the nomads. 40 minutes. Shown at many international forums including CHOTRO 2009

2017- Sikkidre Shikari, Ildidhre Bhikari (Bird trapper or Beggar) 79 minutes.currently doing its round across India.

2018- completed four short films on climate challenges facing the Adivasis and Indigenous peasants living living on the fringes of the Rajiv Gandhi national park, Nagarahole.


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