Nishtha Jain

Nishtha Jain is an internationally-recognized filmmaker based in Mumbai best known for Gulabi Gang (2012), Lakshmi and Me (2007) and City of Photos (2004). Her films interrogate lived experience at the intersection of gender, caste and class. They explore the political in the personal and uncover the mechanisms of privilege.

She’s a Chicken & Egg Award winner (2020); Member of the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences (AMPAS); Film Independent Global Media Maker Fellow (2019-20); Recipient of Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Fellowship (2019).

After postgraduate training at Jamia Mass Communication Research Centre, New Delhi, she pursued Film Direction at the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune prior to launching a career in independent cinema.

She’s been working across various platforms –documentary, narrative, virtual reality and TV series. Her films have been widely screened at film festivals and art-house cinemas and broadcast on TV. They have won over 25 international awards and have been reviewed by print-media and academic journals. 

Jain has served as a juror at IDFA, ZFF, Cinema Verité and IDSFFK.  She’s given lectures and master classes at numerous universities  internationally, including Stanford, NYU, Wellesley College, UCSB, Northwestern University, UT Austin,  Cambridge University, University of London, St. Andrews University, Heidelberg, Danish Film School, FTII Pune, India, Satyajit Ray Film & TV Institute.

Docu-Series/TV Shows

•   The Golden Thread (Documentary) In-Production

•    Summer with Roxanne (Documentary) In-Production

•    Proof (Short Narrative) 2019

•    Submerged (VR Documentary) 2016

•    Gulabi Gang (Documentary) 2012

•    Family Album (Documentary) 2010

•    At My Doorstep (Documentary) 2009

•    Lakshmi and Me (Documentary) 2007

•    6 Yards To Democracy (Documentary) 2006  

•    Call It Slut (Short documentary) 2005

•    City Of Photos (Documentary) 2004

•    Change the Story (Docu Series) 2016 for ITVS

•    Open Mind (Talk Show Series) 2001 For Zee Chakra

•    North-East, A case of Resurgence (Docu Series) 1998

     for DD India

Filmography (Director)

•    The Golden Thread (Documentary) In-Production

•    Change the Story (Docuseries) 2016

•    Gulabi Gang (Co-Producer) 2012

•    Family Album (Documentary) 2010

•    At My Doorstep (Documentary) 2009

•    Call it Slut (Short Documentary) 2005

•    City of Photos (Documentary) 2004

Filmography (Producer)

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