Film southasia

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The Books We Made

Directed by Anupama Chandra & Umadevi Tanuku | |

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The Film is inspired by the work of Urvashi Butalia and Ritu Menon, who co-founded the first feminist publishing house in India: Kali for Women. The Film is about the joy and pain of surviving in two non-lucrative professions: that of writing for small, discerning audiences, and that of publishing, translating and promoting work barely known outside its own linguistic region in India. It looks back on thirty years in publishing and focuses on the feminist politics and friendships that make this survival possible.

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Anupama Chandra is a film editor, director and teacher. She graduated with a diploma in Film Editing from the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, and has degrees in English Language and Literature from the Universities of Oxford and Delhi. She has worked as an editor on several films over the last 15 years. A guest faculty at Sri Aurobindo Centre for Art and Culture, she ran the co-curricular monsoon semester on film at Ashoka University. She is a regular writer for the books page of The Asian Age. This film is her first directorial venture.

Uma Tanuku graduated in Business Management from the University of Madras and specialised in international trade from the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade. After over 15 years at a state international trading body, she studied Film Direction at the Film and Television Institute of India. She has since worked as a line producer on several films. Her first film, Night Hawks, is an observational documentary on nocturnal labour. She was the Director of the IAWRT Asian Women’s Film Festival for 2015 and it’s Co-Director for three years.

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