I’m a documentary filmmaker and a PhD student at the University of Essex, studying towards getting a PhD in Film by Creative Practice. I studied Film and Creative Writing as an undergraduate and have an MA in Film Studies from the University of Essex.
I made my first film, Bethnal Green in 2012 as part of my degree. The film tells the story of the 1943 London tube disaster, focusing on the stories of two survivors. The film has been screened by the Bethnal Green memorial trust and is now part of the Bethnal Green Library collection.
My second film, Monashay (2013) is a documentary that focuses on the lives and personal stories of Roma women living in rural Romania. The project applied Feminist Film theory to practice and had an intersectional approach to representation of the lives of the people on screen, being primarily concerned with foregrounding the influence the means of representation can have on the construction of an identity outside of the dominant hegemonic culture. The film has received public screenings in London at the Human Rights Action Centre, Amnesty International UK, at the University of Essex as part of the Essex Transitional Justice Network Film Programme, as part of the National Association for Travellers‘ Conference in Ilford, in Prague at the Beyond Borders: Migration and (In)Equality in Central Europe in Comparison Conference as part of the short film programme, and in California at the Indie Fest, at the Essex Feminist Collective’s International Women’s Day in Colchester, at the Ethnografilm Film Festival in Paris, and is part of the 2014 Videotheque at Sheffield Doc/Fest.
I am also very passionate about cinematography, and in addition to shooting my own films, I have been the cinematographer for four short fiction films: Old Gods (2013), Twigs (2014), Speaking in Public (2014), and No Exit! (2014).
I am currently working on a documentary film focusing on the lives of women in Nepal, which I will shoot over the summer. The film will focus on Nepali activism concerned with the education of women and the impact it has had in the past few years, as well as its current influence on changing gender roles.Drawing upon Postcolonialism and Feminist Film Theory, this study will focus on the lives of women in rural Nepal and the on-going changes in their livelihoods.