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Pratibha Parmar

Filmmaker Pratibha Parmar has an exemplary track record for her passionate commitment to making films with integrity and illuminating untold stories with visual flair and imagination. Her award-winning work has been widely exhibited at international film festivals and broadcast globally. Pratibha’s dedication in bringing complex subjects into mainstream media has helped change the contours of popular discourse on race, feminism, sexuality and creativity.

Pratibha’s credits include A Place of Rage, a documentary film on African-American women and the civil rights movement featuring Angela Davis and June Jordan. The film received international critical acclaim and was named Best Historical Documentary at the National Black Programming Consortium in the U.S. In 1993 Pratibha released her most challenging film Warrior Marks, which documented female genital mutilation at a time when the subject was taboo globally. This award-winning documentary was made in collaboration with the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Alice Walker. Parmar and Walker collaborated on the book Warrior Marks - Female Genital Mutilation and the Sexual Blinding of Women, which documented the making of the film (Jonathan Cape UK, Harcourt Brace US).

Nina’s Heavenly Delights, Pratibha’s multi-award winning narrative feature film debut starring Shelley Conn & Laura Fraser was released theatrically in the UK and US in 2006/7 and nominated for a GLAAD Award.

Author and editor of several books, Pratibha was awarded The Visionary Award for her body of work from the One in Ten Film Festival in October 2007 and is a past winner of the Frameline Film Festival Life Time Achievement Award. (4/13)

Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth
A film by Pratibha Parmar, 2013, 84 min., Color

ALICE WALKER: BEAUTY IN TRUTH tells the compelling story of an extraordinary woman. Alice Walker made history as the first black woman to win the Puli...

Bhangra Jig
A film by Pratibha Parmar, 4 min.

A vibrant short video about how young Asian people in Scotland celebrate desire and self-pride through dance and music....

Double the Trouble, Twice the Fun
A film by Pratibha Parmar, 1992, 25 min., Color

A rare and lively examination of disability and homosexuality as it affects both women and men, DOUBLE THE TROUBLE, TWICE THE FUN, advocates for accep...

A film by Pratibha Parmar, 1986, 18 min., Color

Common themes of identity, alienation and herstory in the context of the diasporan experience emerge in this powerful tape. Four Black and Third World...

Flesh and Paper
A film by Pratibha Parmar, 1990, 26 min., Color

FLESH AND PAPER is a lyrical exploration of the sense and sensibilities of Indian lesbian poet and writer, Suniti Bamjoshi. This moving and powerful p...

Jodie: An Icon
A film by Pratibha Parmar, 1996, 24 min., Color

Jodie is a fast paced, breezy look at the transatlantic phenomenon that has made Hollywood actress Jodie Foster an icon for lesbians who identify with...

A film by Pratibha Parmar, 1991, 24 min., Color

KHUSH means ecstatic pleasure in Urdu. For South Asian lesbians and gay men in Britain, North America, and India (where homosexuality is still illegal...

Memory Pictures
A film by Pratibha Parmar, 1984, 28 min.

A beautifully composed profile of gay Indian photographer, Sunil Gupta, and the way his work portrays issues of sexual and racial identity in relation...

A Place of Rage
A film by Pratibha Parmar, 1991, 52 min., Color

This exuberant celebration of African American women and their achievements features interviews with Angela Davis, June Jordan and Alice Walker. Withi...

The Righteous Babes
A film by Pratibha Parmar, 1998, 50 min., Color

In this accomplished documentary, acclaimed filmmaker Pratibha Parmar (A PLACE OF RAGE, WARRIOR MARKS) explores the intersection of feminism with popu...

Sari Red
A film by Pratibha Parmar, 1988, 12 min., Color

Made in memory of Kalbinder Kaur Hayre, a young Indian woman killed in 1985 in a racist attack in England, SARI RED eloquently examines the effect of ...

Siren Spirits
A film by Ngozi Onwurah, Pratibha Parmar, Frances-Anne Solomon, Dani Williamson, 1994, 80 min., Color/BW

SIREN SPIRITS is a wonderful feature comprising four short dramas directed by women of color, produced by Leda Serene for the British Film Institute a...

Warrior Marks
A film by Pratibha Parmar, Executive produced by Alice Walker, 1993, 54 min., Color

WARRIOR MARKS is a poetic and political film about female genital mutilation from the director of A PLACE OF RAGE, presented by the Pulitzer Prize win...

A film by Pratibha Parmar, 1997, 15 min., Color

WAVELENGTHS explores the time honored quest for love and human intimacy in the polished world of computers and the Internet. Set in gay bars, dreams, ...

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