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Sameera Jain

Visiting Faculty of Media Studies, Ashoka University

Sameera Jain is a film editor, director and educator. Participation in film juries and curriculum formulation have been part of her engagement. She’s been teaching and mentoring at several platforms and institutions and has a sustained interest in structuring pedagogic practice which pushes the boundaries of the documentary form and interrogates accepted codes around it. She conceived and directed the Creative Documentary Course, at Sri Aurobindo Centre for Arts & Communication, New Delhi, India. This was an intensive two-year, full-time program that ran 2013 – 2022. She employs methods that link theory with practice, excavating the links of content with form. She prioritizes the need for individual and collective mentoring in addition to lectures and participatory workshops.

Some of the films directed by her are – Mera Apna Sheher (My Own City), Portraits of Belonging, Born At Home and If You Pause. A shortlist of screenings consists of – Cinema du Reel, Paris; Film South Asia, Kathmandu; Mumbai International Short Film Festival (MIFF); Yamagata International Documentary Festival, Japan; Persistence Resistance Film Festival, New Delhi; Urban Lens Film Festival, Bangalore; Gorakhpur Film Festival; South Asian University, New Delhi; Lamakaan, Hyderabad; Studio Safdar, New Delhi, and others. She has edited documentaries, experimental shorts, essays, installations, and fiction. A sample list of nonfiction editing – A Season Outside, A Night of Prophecy, The Lightning Testimonies, A Quiet Little Entry, Immoral Daughters and Beyond The Wheel. Editorial work on fiction feature films includes Such a Morning, Soul of Sand (Pairon Talle), Reaching Silence (Nishhabdh) and Shadows in The Dark (Karvaan). The work has shown across the world and won several awards.

Sameera has done talks, master classes and had retrospectives at various places including the International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala (IDSFFK, Trivandrum), National Film Archive of India (NFAI, Pune), People’s Film Collective (PFC, Kolkata), Bengaluru International Film Festival (BIFFES), ViBGYOR Film Festival (Thrissur), Madurai Film Festival, and Photo Circle (Kathmandu). She has mentored, and conducted workshops, including at Dok Wok editions I and II (mentor and head of selection committee with a panel of mentors from Germany, U.K. and India), Docucharcha at Sambhaavnaa Institute of Public policy and Politics (Himachal Pradesh), Buddha Pāda (Kalimpong, West Bengal) and the Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art (FICA, New Delhi). She has been a member on film juries, some of which are the Indian National Film Awards Jury and Jury at the International Documentary & Short Film Festival of Kerala.

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