Director: Rama Rau
Rama Rau is a Canadian Screen Award nominated writer-director whose works feature strong female roles. Well known for her daring choice of subject matter and ability to interest funders in her unique directorial voice, Rau has paved a path for herself, moving between fiction and documentary. Rau’s debut fiction feature Honey Bee starring Julia Sarah Stone (Allure) and Martha Plimpton (The Blacklist, Raising Hope) just garnered the EDA Best Film Award at the Whistler Film Festival and is a gritty take on human trafficking, shot on location in North Bay, Ontario. Rau was selected for the Toronto International Film Festival’s Irving Avrich Award for 2018. She has been the shadow director on Murdoch Mysteries and has just finished The Daughter Tree, an epic documentary film, six years in the making, about the disappearance of women in India resulting in all-male populations in some villages. She has made a name for herself as being a pioneer in employing all-female crews on her film League of Exotique Dancers which was Opening Night film at Hot Docs in 2016 to rave reviews. No Place to Hide, a film on teen cyberbullying, was voted an Audience Award winner in 2015. Rau is also the winner of the TIFF Pitch This! first ever Honorable Mention for Unwanted. Her first short fiction Aftermath played at the Cannes Film Festival’s Court Metrages.
Rau’s work has screened in more than fifty international film festivals and has been covered by The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, Playback, The Toronto Star and Globe and Mail. She has been profiled as one of Canada’s Top Ten Women Filmmakers, winning awards like the EDA Best Film Award, the Hot Docs Don Haig Award, the Stuttgart Best Director Award and the Golden Panda for Best Director. A PhD in English Drama and Literature from the University of Madras, India, Rau is an alumna of the Women in the Director’s Chair program (WIDC) and of the Judith Weston and Joan Scheckel Director’s Labs in LA and a member of the Alliance of Women Directors (AWD) in LA and the Director’s Guild of Canada.
Director of Photography: Nagaraj Diwakar
Nagaraj M D is an ace cinematographer residing in Mumbai. A graduate from FILM AND TELEVISION Bangalore Karnataka India, Nagaraj has over 18 years of experience across genres, and has worked in various studios and field situations. His work speaks through the medium of several television channels, TV commercials, feature films, documentaries and travel shows, and he is known for his versatility to adapt to various styles of media productions. Working on both fiction and non-fiction platforms has enabled him to give a different perspective to his cinematography, and it is more than evident in work, which is full of visually striking imagery.
Some of his prominent work includes “DHAG “ a Marathi movie, which has done several rounds of festivals and was eligible for the 87th ACADAMY AWARDS. Nagaraj currently resides in Mumbai and is pursuing the passion for lights and images, in an effort to break new barriers and explore new avenues.
Editor: Rob Ruzic
Rob Ruzic has been editing documentaries for over 15 years. His work has screened at film festivals worldwide and have tackled a wide range of subjects encompassing social issues, nature, visual arts, sports, music and biography. He previously worked with director Rama Rau on League of Exotique Dancers (2015), which was the opening night selection at Hot Docs and was awarded Best Editing at the History Film Festival in Croatia. He also wrote and edited Mugshot (2013), directed by Dennis Mohr, which won the Yorkton Golden Sheaf Best Art and Culture Documentary Award and was nominated for Best Writing in a Documentary Program or Series at the Canadian Screen Awards. Remembering Arthur (2005), directed by Martin Lavut, premiered at The Toronto International Film Festival and was named one of the best films of the year by Artforum Magazine.