SHADIA FAYNE WOOD
Olivia’s first assignment out of film school was in Havana, Cuba, where she worked with blogger Yoani Sanchez on her quest for government transparency for PBS Frontline. From there she’s worked with the Ford Foundation, 350.org, and advocacy groups in Colorado to create powerful videos that amplifies the stories of those most marginalized. She draws on her experiences growing up in America as a mixed kid of Iranian and Argentinian descent.
Ritu is a documentary filmmaker and photographer based in New Delhi, India. Independently as well as part of a team, Ritu has worked on documentaries and television programs addressing various aspects of sustainability.
After graduating to be a journalist, Ritu studied filmmaking from Film and Television Institute of India, Pune. In 2007, she started her with Bloomberg TV in India as a video editor. Listening to policy makers, thinkers, and activists on daily basis changed her mind. In 2010, she quit her job and started to support movements around social and environmental justice through her films and photography.
Her film on rooftop organic farming won Ritu first prize winner at the All India Environmental Journalism Competition, 2014 and the one on indigenous seeds preservation and mixed farming won the Best Film award in the environment category of the Woodpecker International Film Festival, 2015.
To deepen her understanding of the world, Ritu also received her masters in Business Management from Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi. Ritu currently works with a group of independent filmmakers in India on various media projects under the banner called Common Thread. She continues to work on narratives that uphold the rights of the communities to a sustainable future.