“After taking several trips to India to visit family while growing up, he witnessed first hand horrific poverty and decided to dedicate his life to social justice.”
Ankur Singh is a college student just starting to use his passion of film for movement videography to put a human face on often dehumanizing issues. After taking several trips to India to visit family while growing up, he witnessed first hand horrific poverty and decided to dedicate his life to social justice. He first foray into activism was with the Occupy movement during his senior year of high school.
After high school he began at the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2012 where he immediately got involved with a campaign to shut down the campus coal plant. But, he quickly became disenchanted with school where he felt stifled and took his second semester off to create LISTEN, a documentary about education from the student’s perspective that has had about 20 screenings worldwide. During this time he also got involved with the anti-fracking campaign in his home state of Illinois.
While filming the documentary Ankur really struggled with balancing his involvement with the education justice movement and the environmental movement since he felt conflicted between the urgency of climate change and his love for education.
Ankur will be transferring to Prescott College in the fall of 2014 to study Elementary Education hoping to use critical pedagogy as a means for social change while simultaneously pursuing a career in film.