Priya Thuvassery is an independent filmmaker and television producer based in New Delhi, India. She has experience in directing, producing and editing documentary films and television programmes. ‘Coral Woman’ is her first feature-length documentary film. Priya Thuvassery is an alumna of one of India’s premier institutes in film and video training, the A.J.K. Mass Communication Research Centre of Jamia Millia Islamia University in New Delhi.
Gidiku Vapathu is an ethnographic research documentary about the Indigenous Kattunayakan (Nayaka) people of India. In Kattunyakan language, ‘Gidiku Vapathu’ means “going to the forest.” A term commonly used by the community members to invite their friends and family as they start their daily walk into the forest. Set in Kattunayaka settlements in and around the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary in rural Kerala, the documentary is an attempt to understand how these traditional societies perceive and interact with forest and non-human beings.
An inspiring, need of the hour tale of a homemaker from Tamil Nadu, who, through her paintings, has been trying to draw public attention to the devastating effects of climate change on marine life and the coastal communities.
It is, in fact, her love for corals that inspired Uma to learn how to swim, dive and paint in her 50s.
An ethnographic documentary through the lives of Hansaben, Bhawanaben and Pashiben, three women salt farmers and through three stages of salt farming in the Little Rann of Kutch in Gujarat.