Of Indian heritage and born in Kenya, Meena Nanji is a film/video maker who has produced, written and directed award-winning documentaries, experimental videos and narrative fiction shorts. She has been a juror for many grant-giving organizations, and has contributed as a curator, panelist and writer for film/video events around the world. Her work has been recognized by the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Center for Asian American Media, among others. She is a founding member of GlobalGirl Media, a non-profit media training organisation for young women. Meena was lead documentary mentor at Mira Nair’s Maisha Film Lab in 2014, a Film Independent/Project Involve Fellow 2012-13 and a Rockefeller Bellagio Foundation Fellow 2014. Her keen interest in exploring race and cultural diasporas and gender rights, inspire her to continue to make films around issues of social justice and human rights.
Art and story telling are forms of resistance. With a diasporic upbringing, stretching from East Africa to London to the Los Angeles, I’ve always had a deep interest in geopolitics and cultural/race representation. This orientation runs throughout my work which engages specific social themes. Sometimes I like to eschew the narrative arc in favor of immersive ‘middles’ that convey experience. I aspire to a consideration of positionality, cultural expectation and experience of femininity that meets a sensitive visual poetics. Without compromising an ethical foundation in the real, I hope that my films result in stories that are rooted in a deeply personal register of resonance.
Still from a work-in-progress entitled India Inc.
This work critically explores the last 25 years of economic liberalization India.