30th October Friday – 6:30 pm | Live event on Zoom via link*

In this wide-ranging and intimate conversation with DIFF directors and filmmakers Ritu and Tenzing, Chaitanya Tamhane dives deep into his filmmaking process and how he negotiates the multiple roles an indie filmmaker has to play in India.

CHAITANYA TAMHANE is an independent filmmaker based in Mumbai. His debut feature film Court premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2014, where it was awarded the Best Film - Orizzonti and the Lion of the Future award. It has since gone on to win over 30 awards at film festivals worldwide, it won the National Award for Best Feature Film and was India’s official entry for the 2016 Oscars. In the same year he served on the jury at the 73rd Venice Film Festival and was selected to be mentored by Alfonso Cuarón as part of the Rolex Mentor-Protégé Arts Initiative. His new film, The Disciple (2020), had its World Premiere at the 77th Venice Film Festival in competition, where it was awarded Best Screenplay by the jury and the International Critics’ Prize by FIPRESCI.

Indian-Tibetan filmmakers and artists RITU SARIN and TENZING SONAM have been working together for more than 30 years. Their work includes award-winning films and art installations. Their documentary, The Sun Behind the Clouds (2009), won the Vaclav Havel Award at the One World Film Festival in Prague. Their Tibetan-language feature films, Dreaming Lhasa (2005) and The Sweet Requiem (2018) premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. They are also the directors of the Dharamshala International Film Festival, which they founded in 2012.


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