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Natasha Mendonca

Natasha Mendonca is a film and video artist who was born and raised in Bombay, India.
She holds a BA from St. Xavier's College Bombay in Sociology and Anthropology (2000) and a Masters in Film and Video from the California Institute of the Arts (2010).

In 2003, she overcame India’s tough censorship laws around homosexuality and co-founded Larzish, the nation’s first international film and video film festival on sexuality and gender based in Bombay, India. Larzish’s success opened the floodgates for other Indian cities to hold their own queer film festivals. Natasha was invited to curate programs for other festivals including the Berlin Lesbian Film Festival and Queer Zagreb (Croatia). She served on the jury for the Teddy Award at the 2004 Berlin International Film Festival.

Natasha’s latest film is Jan Villa.

Natasha has received funding for her films from CalArts, the Fotokem Film Finishing Fund, the Sarah Jacobson Film Grant, Eastman Kodak, & the Sarai Fellowship (Delhi). She spends her time between Bombay and New York and is currently developing her first doc-fiction hybrid feature length film about a relationship between a transgender sex-worker and a gender ambiguous rickshaw driver in Bombay.

Short film credits

Image from Jan Villa

Jan Villa

India | Aug 2010 | 20:00
After the monsoon floods of 2005 that submerged Bombay, the filmmaker returns to her city to examine the personal impact of the devastating event. A t...
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