Ranjani Mazumdar  

Ranjani Mazumdar is Associate Professor of Cinema Studies at the School of Arts & Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Her publications focus on urban cultures, popular cinema, gender and the cinematic city. She is the author of "Bombay Cinema: an Archive of the City" published by the University of Minnesota Press (2007). Mazumdar has also worked as a documentary filmmaker and is a founding member of Mediasorm, India’s first women’s film collective, which received the Chameli Devi Jain Award for outstanding media professionals among women. Mazumdar’s documentaries include DELHI DIARY 2001 (on violence, memory and the city); THE POWER OF THE IMAGE (co-directed; a television series on Bombay cinema); and PRISONER OF GENDER which won the second prize at an International Television documentary festival. Mazumdar has been a visiting fellow at Princeton University (U.S.A); a British Academy Fellow at the University of Westminster (U.K); and visiting faculty at the Department of Cinema Studies, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University; at the Mass Communication Research Centre at Jamia Millia Islamia University; and at the Film and Television Institute, Pune. Her current research focuses on film in the 1960s, globalization and film culture, and the visual culture of film posters. (8/14)

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The Hidden Story

A film by Ranjani Mazumdar, 1995, 58 min, Color

Its title referring both to women's hidden lives and the hidden work of creating ethnographic realities, this nuanced look at the lives of four rural Indian women paints a portrait of survival and advancement against great odds. Examining the lives of women tenant farmers, it depicts women balancing resistance and activism with a deep commitment…

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