Filmmaker Suneil Sanzgiri (SMACT ’17) was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 Faces of Film 2021.
From the article in Filmmaker Magazine:
In three 16mm shorts that premiered over the past three years, Suneil Sanzgiri uses a broad array of formats to delve into his father’s memories and their inevitably political intersection with Goa’s history. CG renderings of now-gone and never-visited locations, desktop documentary, commissioned drone footage, archival excerpts of classic Indian films, still-resonant news footage of past protests: All are in the mix as Sanzgiri thinks through key thematic preoccupations—diaspora, colonialism, how to understand a homeland from a distance, political activism and genocides—in overlaid, Roboto-font text.
Full article here.
Suneil Sanzgiri is an artist, researcher, and filmmaker. His work spans experimental video and film, essays, and installations, and contends with questions of identity, heritage, culture and diaspora in relation to structural violence. He graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a Masters of Science in Art, Culture and Technology in 2017. Sanzgiri’s work has been screened extensively at festivals and galleries nationally and internationally, including International Film Festival Rotterdam, New York Film Festival, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Camden International Film Festival, Hong Kong International Film Festival, Camden International Film Fesitval, IndieLisboa, DocLisboa, Punto de Vista, Viennale, LA Film Forum, e-Flux, 25 FPS festival, Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival and more, and has won awards at BlackStar Film Fest, Open City Documentary Festival, VideoEx, Images Festival, as well as Special Jury mentions at the European Media Arts Festival and Iowa City Docs. Sanzgiri was a 2016 resident of the SOMA program in Mexico City, a Flaherty NYC co-programmer in 2020 – 2021, a resident of the Pioneer Works Studio Residency in Spring 2021, an inaugural recipient of the Line of Sight Fellowship, and will be a MacDowell Fellow in Winter 2021. He was named as one of the “25 New Faces of Independent Film” in Filmmaker Magazine’s Fall 2021 issue.