Aparna Sharma

Aparna Sharma is a documentary filmmaker and film scholar. She works in India’s northeastern region, documenting various communities’ cultural practices. In the state of Assam, she has developed two films: Kamakha: Through Prayerful Eyes (2012, Berkeley Media LLC) and Mihin Sutta, Mihin Jibon (The Women Weavers of Assam, 2019, Royal Anthropological Institute). Presently she is studying the history of photography in the northeast Indian hill-town, Shillong as part of a collaborative research project that examines the history of missionary work in northeast India. As a film scholar she is committed to writing about non-mainstream cinema practices with an emphasis on documentary films. Her book-length study, Documentary Films in India: Critical Aesthetics at Work examines non-canonical documentary practices from India (2015). She has previously written on India-Pakistan ties through documentary and the representation of women in Indian cinema. She works as Associate Professor at the Dept. of World Arts and Cultures/Dance, UCLA.


Sharma offers a heartfelt artistic tribute to ‘invisible’ migrant workers and their hardships during the lockdown in India.


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