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Producer, Director, Editor, Researcher
Uma is the owner of Fenugreek Productions, a boutique studio for media and film work & training. She has a B.A. from Lady Shriram College, Delhi, an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Hyderabad and an M.A. in Communication from the Mass Communication Research Centre, J. M. I., Delhi.
During her years in the US she earned an M.F.A in film production from Temple University, produced a PBS weekly series, "News 6", with 6th grade schoolchildren, taught film and media at San Francisco State and Temple Universities and served on the boards of Asian Arts Initiative and Independent Film and Video Association in Philadelphia. She worked with the Scribe Video Centre to teach media literacy and the use of video as an empowering tool, particularly for disenfranchised communities.
On returning to India she served as independent faculty in film aesthetics, documentary production and Indian Cinema at COMMITS - Bengaluru, The University of Hyderabad and Annapurna Film School. She co-produced and co-directed a feature documentary on theatre “The Players” which was subsequently acquired by NDTV, see here. She has worked in diverse capacities in theatre, as lead actor as well as in production and writing, in Delhi, Bengaluru and Hyderabad.
She served as the secretary of the international Asian Film Society that publishes the journal “Asian Cinema,” see articles here. She has presented in diverse conferences and published on film and theater for academic journals, magazines and newspapers including the Hindu, Tehelka and The Hans India. Her book, (co-authored), “Rasayana for Childcare: Joy of Herbs and Healing” on using medicinal plants from the home and garden was published by Partridge Press see here.
MAHNOOR YAR KHAN
Mahnoor is a filmmaker and drama therapist. She has a degree in psychology and sociology from Osmania University in Hyderabad. Mahnoor started her career as a filmmaker in Toronto, Canada in 1983. She was assistant editor on “Ordure,” a student film that won the jury prize at the Canadian Student Film Festival. In the same year she worked on the film “Bread” as Production Manager, which won the Blue Ribbon Award at the 26th American Film Festival 1984. Since then she has worked on a number of social service films in India in the capacity of director. In 1991 she co-directed the film "Farewell to Sri Lanka" which was selected for screening the following year at the Mumbai International Film Festival.
In 2016 she curated a multi-media show on Palestine that included 50 artworks produced by young artists from Gaza. The show travelled to five cities and was held at multiple venues.
Film Music Score
Song of the Kohinoors
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