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Director, Producer

Irfana Majumdar is the founding Artistic Director of the NIRMAN Theatre and Film Studio in Varanasi, India. She studied Performance at the University of Chicago, and has been awarded fellowships for her commitment to themes of social justice and process of collaborative creation. She now directs and teaches, creates solo performances, and program annual arts events, residencies, and internships. At NIRMAN’s International Education Program, she teaches and mentors undergraduate and post-graduate students. She also leads the vision committee for the development of NIRMAN’s riverside campus, which is a site of arts, education, research, and environmental change. She has directed three documentaries.

SHANKAR’S FAIRIES is her debut film, world premiered at Locarno Film Festival.


Shankar’s Fairies 

(International Sales: ASIAN SHADOWS)

2021, fiction feature, 93’ 

- Locarno IFF 2021

        Cineasti del Presente

        In competition 

- TIFF 2021

        Industry Selects

Busan IFF 2021

        A Window on Asian Cinema

- Chicago IFF 2021

        New Directors Competition

- HKAFF 2021

        New Talent Competition

- Nantes 3 Continents 2021

        Montgolfière d’Argent Award

- Göteborg IFF 2022
        Ingmar Bergman Competition

- Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles 2022

        Grand Jury Honorable Mention

- Dallas Fort Worth South Asian FF 2022

        Best Feature Award

- New Horizon 2022

          The Third Eye section

- Andrey Tarkovsky International Film Festival "Zerkalo" 2022


Children Playing Gods

2008, documentary, 61’


2006, documentary, 27’

Images of Indian Children

2005, documentary, 40’

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