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Pratibha Parmar

British filmmaker Pratibha Parmar has spent more than 20 years behind the camera bringing fresh perspectives to stories of women, minorities and social issues. Her award-winning work has been exhibited widely at international film festivals and broadcast in many countries. NINA'S HEAVENLY DELIGHTS is her award winning feature film debut.

Born in Kenya, of Indian decent, Parmar moved with her family to England at a young age. Following university in England, she began her filmmaking career with documentary shorts as a way to express her passion in representations of subjects and issues not in the mainstream.

In 1991 her career reached a critical turning point with the release of A PLACE OF RAGE, a documentary about African-Americanís women role in the civil rights movement. The film received international critical acclaim and was named Best Historical Documentary at the National Black Programming Consortium in the U.S. Her other documentary credits include THE RIGHTEOUS BABES, A BRIMFUL OF ASIA, and the award-winning KHUSH. Drama credits include Sita Gita, Wavelengths and Memsahib Rita.

In 1993, Parmar released her most challenging and inspirational film to date. WARRIOR MARKS, which documented ritual female mutilation in Africa, came at a time when the subject was still taboo in the international community. The award-winning documentary was made in collaboration with Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Alice Walker, the author of "The Color Purple".

Parmar has directed music videos and is the co-author and editor of several books. In October 2007, she was awarded the Visionary Award for her body of work from the One in Ten Film Festival, and she is a past winner of the San Francisco Frameline Film Festival Life Time Achievement Award. Parmar has also founded a television and film production company called Kali Films (08/12).

Siren Spirits
A film by Ngozi Onwurah, Pratibha Parmar, Frances-Anne Solomon, Dani Williamson, 1994, 80 min., Color/BW

SIREN SPIRITS is a wonderful feature comprising four short dramas directed by women of color, produced by Leda Serene for the British Film Institute a...

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