SOAS University of London

SOAS South Asia Institute

Women in the Media


Date: 22 March 2015Time: 1:45 PM

Finishes: 22 March 2015Time: 7:30 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: Brunie Gallery Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Festival

A FREE all day programme, jam packed with exciting events and networking opportunities including the highly anticipated Directors masterclass with Farah Khan.

A day hosted by Loveena Tandon.


2 pmWelcome address and Introduction to Day
2.15 pm

Introduction to film, Nisha Pahuja (Director)

Film Screening: The World Before Her (91 minutes)

The World Before Her is widely considered the most powerful and most important film about India in decades, Nisha Pahuja’s skillfully made documentary explores the country’s great dichotomies – the gulf between the rich and the poor and the decades-long conflict between religion and secularism. 

The film charts the lives and fortunes of two young women from opposing ends of the socio-cultural spectrum. One is a member of the Hindu nationalist Durga Vahini organization, dedicating her life to the preservation of her religion by any and all means. The other is a 20-year-old finalist for the Miss India contest, aiming to be crowned the most beautiful in India and enjoy all that that entails. 

An accomplished documentary filmmaker, Pahuja won kudos across the world for what many call her “provocative” study of an apparently ‘modern’ India without ever sitting on judgment.

3.45 pmFollowed by a short Q&A with Nisha Pahuja conducted by Aditi Khanna, President of the Indian Journalist Association.
4.00 pmBreak
4.30 pm
Women in Media Panel Discussion

British Media & The Asian Women’s contribution chaired by Mukulika Bannerjee- director of South Asian centre LSE and on the panel will be Baroness Flather – the first Asian women to receive a peerage, Shyama Perera – presenter and newscaster, Mukhti Jain Campion – writer and broadcaster and Mamta Kash -actress and producer.

5.30 pmBreak for networking
6.00 pm

Directors Masterclass with Farah Khan – With record breaking box office returns, director Farah Khan has shaken the Indian film industry that is dominated by male film makers.

In this exclusive director’s master class, Farah Khan reveals her approach to film, sharing her vision and technique to tell her stories to mainstream audiences worldwide. Farah will get to the core of how a director prepares: from dreaming the scene the night before to setting up each shot precisely and ahead of time. If that does not work, she roams the set alone with the camera imagining the scene before the cast and crew join her.

The director’s master class is hosted by The Mughals producer Gareth Jones.

Organiser: Tongues on Fire, hosted by the SOAS South Asia Institute

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