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School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

Srikrupa Vedal

Srikrupa

Email: s.vedal@qmul.ac.uk

Profile

My research engages with theories and praxis of interactive documentary and participatory methods through exploring experiences of trauma among women in India from multiple perspectives and locations; caste, class, and gender. It aims to be collaborative or co-creative, where participants share their own stories of trauma through audio-visual tools as a central aspect of decolonial filmmaking. The research engages on themes, questions, and ethics of decoloniality as a praxis to understand what it means to tell or represent trauma stories of the ‘other’.

I work as a freelance documentary filmmaker, researcher, editor and grassroots facilitator with a focus on community media, access to health, gender justice , ant-caste movements, and food sovereignty in India. I believes in the power of media for social transformation and justice. My last documentary “We Are an Untold Story” was a poetic documentary about undocumented women and their access to maternal health care in the United Kingdom.. The film has been screened in various film festivals and also used as a resource to campaign towards bringing awareness on issues of migrant women and everyday injustices they face.

Over the last ten years, I have worked as a lecturer teaching documentary filmmaking; Outreach Director with Good Pitch Local Deccan and Climate Story Labs South Asia; Program coordinator at Yakshi; and Research Fellow working on Rural Transformation Fellowship with Tata Institute of Social Science. I volunteered as a coproducer member with Food Sovereignty Alliance-India. I have also facilitated various workshops on digital storytelling and participatory documentary filmmaking for various activists and youth leaders from rural India.

I hold an MA in Social Work from Tata Institute of Social Science, Mumbai, India and MA in Filmmaking ( Screen Documentary) from Goldsmiths, University of London, UK I’m also a passionate ornithologist and wildlife photographer, given a chance, would spend my early mornings and evenings walking with my camera around lakes and forests. You can follow some of the photos on my Instagram.

My Vimeo Link: https://vimeo.com/user79021245

Research

Research Interests:

  • Documentary Films
  • Participatory/Collaborative filmmaking
  • Ethics of Films
  • Decolonial filmmaking practices
  • Non-linear documentary filmmaking: Interactive Documentary, Experimental filmmaking, Moving Images
  • Activist Filmmaking

Publications

2019 ‘Gaze’ in Documentary Film http://www.theartcolumnist.com/gaze-in-documentary-film/

2016 “Small Dairy Farmers Across India are struggling for their livelihoods” in The Wire https://thewire.in/labour/small-dairy-farmers-across-india-are-struggling-for-their- livelihoods

2014 “Stories of violence, silence spaces, survival for dignity: an Adivasi reality” at the IJDTSW Journal ISSN: 2320-2130.

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