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.
Ritu is a documentary filmmaker based in New Delhi, India. Independently as well as part of a team, Ritu has worked on documentaries and television programs addressing issues like farmer deaths in India, child labor, access to justice, importance of mason training and several features on environment sustainability. Her films have been screened at various national and international film festivals.
Ritu’s grand parents lived as refugees and lived in camps for a long time after the India-Pakistan partition. With very little means available, her parents had to struggle a lot to get educated up to post graduate level. Ritu’s mother is still the only elderly woman in her family to have a post graduate degree. Because of these humble roots, at a very young age Ritu learnt to appreciate whatever limited resources were provided to her and grew up to become a person with a lot of gratitude. With her story telling, she wants to communicate to the world what a simple resource can mean to an average individual. With respect to climate change movement Ritu believes that it is the stories of the indigenous people which can inspire the policy makers to take corrective actions.