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Shashwati Talukdar

Shashwati Talukdar grew up in India where her engagement with theatre and sculpture led to filmmaking, and a Masters degree from Mass Communication Research Center, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. At Jamia she developed an interest in American Avant-Garde film and eventually got an MFA in Film and Media Arts from Temple University, Philadelphia. Her work covers a wide range of forms, including documentary, narrative and experimental. Her work has shown at venues including the Busan International Film Festival, Margaret Mead Festival, and the International Film Festival of India. Her experimental films and video art is regularly shown in galleries and museums around the world,including the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, Kiasma Museum of Art and the Whitney Biennial. She has been supported by entities including the Asian Cine Fund in Busan, the Jerome Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, and received the James Yee Mentorship award from the Center for Asian American Media and an IFP fellowship among others. Her films include a prize winning feature length documentary, 'Please Don't Beat Me, Sir!' about a theatre group from a former "Criminal Tribe" community in Ahmedabad, and an experimental documentary about 19th century murals in Garhwal, 'Wall Stories.'

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