Born in New Delhi, India, Anuradha Rana worked as a journalist and producer before moving to Chicago to complete her MFA in Film and Video. Her award-winning films have screened internationally and focus on themes of representation, identity, and varied perspectives in a global environment.
Her films include Variations, a portrait of three virtuoso artists as they challenge myopic views about disabilities; Preserves (producer), a poetic journey into one of the most biodiverse places on Earth, the Yasuní rainforest in Ecuador; and For The Records, a transmedia documentary focusing on mental health disorders in young adults. Her short documentary Ring Laila, about India’s first Muslim women boxers, was used as a tool for empowering young women in rural, underserved villages around India after premiering at EDINDOCS and screening around the world.
She is currently in production on Language of Opportunity, a feature documentary exploring the role that English plays in the lives, hopes and dreams of a new generation of Indians; and Superdogs (working title), a documentary that explores the relationship between four teams of mushers and their sled dogs as they train for the annual Copperdog Race held in March in the upper peninsula of Michigan.
She has produced, directed, and wielded camera on documentaries filmed in India, Ecuador, Japan, South Africa and the USA. She received her MA in Communication from Pune University, India, and MFA in Film & Video from Columbia College Chicago.
At DePaul, Anuradha founded the MFA in Documentary program and the BFA in Documentary concentration. She founded, and is a co-director of the CDM India Study Abroad program to Mumbai which provides students with the opportunity to make short documentaries in India. She has served as the Chair of the Documentary Program Committee since 2015.
Anuradha is also the Program Coordinator for Diverse Voices in Docs (#DVID), a professional development and mentorship program for documentary media makers of color, organized by the legendary Kartemquin Films and the Community Film Workshop of Chicago.
Cinema Production, Directing, Screenwriting
Specific Research Area
Visual Storytelling; Short Film; Documentary; Transmedia; Indian Film; International Filmmakers; Image Design; Media Outreach and Social Engagement.
UFVA, IFP, IDA