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Yajaswi Rai is a development studies graduate from Kathmandu University in 2016. She has been an active youth and gender activists for around 7 years. She has currently made 2 fiction and 1 documentary (short) films. The issue regarding gender and youth has been in the centre of her movie making career. She believes movie being a tool to provide information to huge mass should include stories of gender and all kind of minorities and from their perspective, only then it will give a balanced information and knowledge to the mass.


Hammad Rizvi is an award-winning writer and director, most notable for his films RANI (Hulu, Outfest LA, NBCU Short Film Festival), SUNNY SQUARE (Houston Worldfest), and ROAD TO PESHAWAR (PBS, Palm Springs Shortsfest).

A Pakistani-American born in Oklahoma, and later raised in various parts of the world, his films often tackle topics that are as diverse as they are raw. He holds a BBA in finance and an MFA in film production from the University of Texas at Austin, and was recently awarded the Outstanding Writer Award at the NBCUniversal Short Film Festival.


Shalini Adnani is a London-based, Chilean-Indian award-winning writer and director. Her first two shorts, Something More Banal (2017) and Somebody’s Daughter premiered at Oscar-qualifying festivals and played internationally. Her feature film and television scripts have been semi finalists and finalists at Sundance Screenwriters Lab, Atlanta Film Festival, Rhode Island Film Festivaland Script Pipeline.

In 2018 she wrote, directed and produced a feature, A Grown Woman, which attended Edinburgh Film Festival Work in Progress and is now in its final stages of post-production.

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Saleem Nasir Gondal is a filmmaker and creative nonfiction writer based in New York. His short film BEFORE THE FLOOD was screened as part of Global Divestment Mobilisation 2017 organized by 350.org. He is also Co-Founder of the South Asian Diaspora Artists Collective (SADAC), a member-led group which builds community with South Asian, Indo Carribean and POC artists through group discussions, zine production and art collaboration. He is a graduate of the Department of Dramatic Writing at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. He is currently developing a feature-length screenplay with the support of KALAKARS.


Aung Rakhine is an aspiring indigenous filmmaker from Bangladesh. His first feature film, My Bicycle, is also the first feature film to be made in an indigenous language in Bangladesh. The film has been restricted by the country’s censorship and not allowed to exhibit in the country.

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Richa Rudola is an award-winning NYC-based filmmaker. Films were not a big part of Richa’s childhood growing up in India, but it wasn’t until pursuing a statistics graduate degree in the U.S that she discovered independent and foreign cinema and fell in love with the medium. Her first short film, "TAAZA KHOON" (FRESH BLOOD), screened at Nashville Film Festival and won 7 awards across 27 film festivals eventually picking up distribution by Shorts TV India. She has directed a short film based on an original poem INDIAN-AMERICAN sponsored by the 2019 Visible Poetry Project, and has just completed her second short film THE SEAL, recipient of the 2019 Future of Film is Female grant.

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Asiya Zahoor teaches Literature at Baramulla College, Kashmir. Asiya is a poet, a linguist, a filmmaker and an academic. Asiya has studied Psycholinguistics at Oxford University and Caribbean diasporic literature at the University of Kashmir. She is currently a visiting scholar at the University of Westminster for a research investigating the representation of Kashmir in literature and cinema. She has authored books, made films and written articles and poems on issues like politics of place, diaspora, the literature of exile, the Muslim identity and psychology of language learning. Asiya has curated a website to help documents languages and literature of Kashmir.

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Rishi Chandna is a filmmaker based out of Mumbai, India, and Tungrus is his first independent short film. He has a discerning eye for the everyday anomalies of life in India. In the current environment of censorship, he believes the independent cinema is one of the last remaining bastions of honest storytelling. When he is in doubt, he looks to Werner Herzog, John Ashbery and Fela Kuti for inspiration.