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Pallavi Somusetty

Oakland, California United States
Available for Freelance


Pallavi Somusetty (she/her) is a Telugu American documentary filmmaker and storyteller residing on Ohlone land (Oakland, CA). She has a passion for amplifying social justice issues by focusing on personal stories about people and communities. Her award-winning documentary, Escaping Agra, has screened in festivals across the world, and her work has been supported by the Center for Asian American Media, Puffin Foundation, Eddie Bauer, the Filmmaker Fund, Re-Present Media, Studio IX Project and more. Pallavi holds a documentary-focused Master in Journalism from UC Berkeley studying with Orlando Bagwell, and a BA in Creative Writing from UC Santa Cruz. Pallavi is a 2022 CAAM Fellow working with mentor Marjan Safinia, and she is currently directing and lensing two feature documentaries, incubating a narrative feature in development, and producing A-Doc’s Storytelling Initiatives. In her spare time, she climbs rocks with her family and supports incarcerated pregnant people as a trained doula.