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Aisha Jamal is a Toronto-based filmmaker, academic and film programmer. Her short films have played in festivals and venues worldwide. “A Kandahar Away” is her first feature film. She holds a PhD in German cinema from the University of Toronto and currently teaches part-time film theory and criticism at Sheridan College in Oakville, Canada. She also works as Programmer at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and as Head of Programming for Syria Film Fest. Along with filmmaker Maya Bedward she hosts a podcast called “The Gaze,” which discusses issues of gender and race in cinema.

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Shilpa Ranade (born 1966) is an Indian designer, animator, illustrator, filmmaker and academician. She has been faculty at Industrial Design Centre in Mumbai since 2001. She has directed animated short films for Channel 4, UK and her films have been screened all over the world, winning accolades in some of the most prestigious film festivals. The award-winning animation movie Goopi Gawaiya Bagha Bajaiya was her last full-length feature film which world premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Her other films are Naja Goes to School and Mani's Dying.

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Suresh Narayanan Suresh Narayanan has been a social activist and documentary filmmaker for many years. He has directed a hand full of documentary films on different socio-political issues. “Thirudappetta Jananayakam”, a documentary in Tamil on the denial of democracy of people of Idinthakarai, near the koodamkulam atomic reactor, is the latest documentary he has co-directed with Yamini Parameswaran.

IRATTAJEEVITHAM is his feature debute.

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Neelu Bhuman,Director + Writer + EP, is an independent artist exploring social and political themes as they play out in close relations via film. Playfully evoking insights into the workings of difference in intimacy, their films blend viewpoints ranging from race, gender, sexuality, culture, class and romance. Pushing these themes in FU377 (2014) and MORE LOVE. LESS PREPACKAGED BULLSHIT (2017), Neelu’s films purposefully move towards abstract retellings of the problematics of identity categories and foregrounding varieties of resilience and resistance to experiences of duress – both immediate and political. FU377 (2014) has won best animation awards in New Delhi, New York City and Kolkata film festivals, while LOVE LETTER/PREMA LEKHA (2016) garnered the best short in Graphic Arts category at the Tunis Chouftouhonna Feminist Festival. Their films have screened at over 80 festivals world-wide including top-tier LGBTQ+ film festivals such as Frameline, Outfest, BFI Flare, Inside Out, Khashish and more. Two of their films, FU377 (2014) and MORE LOVE. LESS PREPACKAGED BULLSHIT (2017) are being distributed by the Canadian film distribution company CFMDC. They are excited to share their feature length omnibus film TRANSFINITE with the world from 2019.

Jayan Moodley (Producer/Director/Writer) Jayan started her career as an educator with a National Higher Diploma in Education. She thereafter completed her BSc degree majoring in Mathematics and Computer Science. Always assuming her analytic skills would be best suited to the sciences, she enjoyed a few years in the exciting world of coding in object oriented programming. But she soon realized that her passion lay in the creative arts and she embarked on this new journey in 2005. A new venture ‘African Lotus Productions, saw her being involved in various aspects of the exciting world of film. She has been a part of numerous programmes for SABC and many documentaries. Her particular interests lies within spirituality and the multi-faith concept. Some of the documentaries she has produced include “The Shembes Walk to God’, “Buddhism – Finding the peace within’ and “Ela Gandhi-the hands that serve”. Her dream came true when she produced, directed and wrote the screenplay for the movie ‘White Gold’. Moving forward with this, she went on to direct South Africa’s Number one film in 2017 ‘Keeping up with the Kandasamys’ and in 2019 ‘Kandasamys: The Wedding’. These films and the world of the stories are treasures to her and it seems that Jayan Moodley has finally settled into a profession, a thrilling one at that, filmmaking.