New Delhi, India
“…Ritu believes that it is the stories of the indigenous people which can inspire the policy makers to take corrective actions”
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.
Trained to be a journalist, Ritu studied filmmaking with specialisation in video editing from Film and Television Institute of India, Pune. She started her career in 2008 with Bloomberg TV in India as a video editor. Listening to policy makers, thinkers and activists on daily basis, changed her mind and she soon wanted to step out of our edit bay and get into the mainstream documentary work. She has spent last six years talking about issues which surround us and affect us. Ritu also holds degree in MBA 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 has also executed various projects in India for organizations like Goldman Environment Prize, UNDP and 350.org.