Artist

Paromita Vohra

Paromita Vohra is an Indian filmmaker, writer and curator who works from Bombay, having grown up all over India. Her work focuses on urban life, popular culture, gender, politics, intimacy and art.

Her films have been widely broadcast on public and cable television, screened in festivals, galleries and universities and are part of several university syllabi. Morality TV and the Loving Jehad: A Thrilling Tale (2008) won Best Short Documentary at the International Video Festival of Kerala, 2008 and played at the PSBT Input Film Festival and India Express, Amsterdam.
Q2P (2006) showed at the Tate Modern, besides winning the best documentary prize at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, and the Stuttgart Film Festival. Other festivals include Filmmor Women’s Film Festival, Istanbul; Royal Anthopology Institute Film Festival, Manchester; Film Festival de Popoli; Ecovisione Film Festival, Florence; SAIFF (NY); Planet in Focus, Toronto; IFFLA; Bollywood and Beyond, Stuttgart; 3 Screens Festival, New Delhi; VIbgyor Film Festival, Thrissur.
Unlimited Girls (2002) won prizes at the Women’s Film Festival in Seoul and the Aaina Women’s Film Festival, Bhuvaneshwar. It also played at Persistence/Resistance, Tongues of Fire, Seoul Human Rights Festival, Bollywood and Beyond, Stuttgart, Kara Film Festival, Bangladesh International Film Festival, Trivandrum International Video Festival, Another World Film Festival, Asia Social Forum.

Retrospectives of her work have been held at the arts festival Lille 3000 in France and Persistence/Resistance in New Delhi. She has been a resident at the prestigious Seachange Residency in Provincetown, besides receiving grants from the Jan Vrijman Fund and India Foundation for the Arts.

She has written the internationally released feature Khamosh Pani/Silent (2003 - Golden Leopard, Locarno Film Festival, Best Screenplay, Kara Film Festival), and several documentaries.

Her writings are published in various anthologies, among them Bombay Meri Jaan: Writings on Mumbai, Electric Feather: the Tranquebar Book of Erotica, Recess: The Penguin Book of Schooldays, Dreaming Different: New Feminist Writings from Around the World and First Proof: Penguin New Writing from India.

She is currently directing Partners in Crime, a documentary on copyright, culture and creativity, and writing a non-fiction book on love in contemporary India.

Videography

Partners in Crime

2011, 94:00 minutes, colour, English and Hindi with English Subtitles

MORALITY TV AND THE LOVING JEHAD

2007, 30:20 minutes, colour, Hindi with English subtitles

Q2P

2006, 54:00 minutes, colour, English/Hindi

WHERE'S SANDRA?

2005, 18:00 minutes, colour, English

Work in Progress

2004, 59:00 minutes, English, Hindi, Spanish, Portugese, French

COSMOPOLIS: TWO TALES OF A CITY

2004, 14:00 minutes, colour, English, Hindi, Marathi with English subtitles

UNLIMITED GIRLS

2002, 95:00 minutes, colour, English, Hindi, Marathi with English subtitles

A SHORT FILM ABOUT TIME

2000, 11:00 minutes, colour, English

A Woman’s Place (Focus on India)

1999, 30:00 minutes, English, Hindi, Xhosa, and Kannada

ANNAPURNA / GODDESS of FOOD

1995, 25:00 minutes, Hindi, Marathi, with English Subtitles