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Documentary Film Funding: In conversation with Shilpi Gulati

An in depth conversation with filmmaker, film scholar and educator Shilpi Gulati on the documentary funding scene in South Asia.

Shilpi Gulati is a filmmaker and academic based in Bombay. She locates her practice at the intersections of documentary and performance, where she largely engages with community-based media practices, feminist histories and intergenerational memory. She is a two-time recipient of the President's National Film Award in India for her documentaries Qissa-e Parsi (2014) and Taala the Kunjee: Lock and Key (2018), which, along with her other works, have been widely screened across international film festivals, art galleries and educational institutions.

A Fulbright scholar, Shilpi recently completed her Ph.D. in Cinema Studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University. She is currently teaching documentary theory and practice at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai and is actively engaged in campaigns against censorship, protecting national film archives, and developing support networks for independent filmmakers in South Asia.