“ …because we are them
and they are us.”
- Filmmaker Kavery Kaul
Award-winning director Kavery Kaul’s films reframe who “we” are and who tells that story. With a lively, refreshingly nuanced approach, her documentaries illuminate the complex human themes at the heart of belonging in the world of today.
Born in India and brought up in the US, Kavery’s cultural background is unbounded. In films like Cuban Canvas, Back Walking Forward, and Long Way from Home as well as in her highly-acclaimed TEDx Talk, she points to the importance of stories that connect people.
Kavery’s films have been shown in theaters, on television, and in all media worldwide. They have been featured at Telluride, DOC NYC, FESPACO, India, London, Rotterdam, and Sydney Festivals; at the Kennedy Center (DC), National Museum of Women in the Arts (DC), Metropolitan Museum of Art (NY), Cleveland Museum, and High Museum (Atlanta).
Kavery has garnered the Best Cultural Film Award (Havana), a Proclamation of Excellence (NYC), a Fulbright Fellowship, and a Logan Fellowship. A graduate of Harvard, she has taught at Columbia University and the City College of New York. She is a frequent speaker at schools and colleges, cultural institutions and community organizations.
Kavery’s films have resonated widely for global audiences. Journalist Scott Stiffler finds her work “a compelling experience”. The New York Times has called it “most engaging” and film critic Jennifer Merin describes it as an “extraordinary and meaningful adventure”. About filmmaking, Kavery herself says: “A film can open a window onto a world we’ve never seen before; and at the same time, a film can hold up a mirror in which we face ourselves. Like any artform, a film can take us somewhere deep inside ourselves that we may not venture otherwise. At its best, a film can show us a different way of looking at things.”