Barbara grew up in Hollywood, California, but at the age of 15 chose to move to Europe. After living in different countries, she moved to Denmark and attended the Danish Film School, getting her diploma as a cinematographer in 1980 and during the years that followed worked as a free-lance film worker and photographer. She worked primarily on documentary films, travelling a great deal and meeting many people through the lenses of her camera.
In 1984 as part of a delegation of Scandinavian UN Organizations she was invited to Bhutan to produce educational material. The short visit provided her with the seeds of some of the most precious insights of her life, and she has felt connected to Bhutan since. Her subsequent visits to Bhutan have inspired her studies on film as expression of culture.
For the past 25 years she has been teaching film and visual communication – the past 12 years as lecturer at The Royal Danish Academy of the Arts, School of Design department of Production Design for Film, TV, Animation and Computer Games.
Thukten Yeshi worked as a Media Researcher & Screenwriter in Bhutan Broadcasting Service for over six years. He resigned and worked as a Media Consultant and Film Writer for about two years. Then he left for his master’s degree in film writing and directing in Australia. Currently, he is working on the story for his first film titled “Lovers for 500 Lifetimes”.
Professor Arun Gupta is a Senior Faculty and ex-Head of the Dept. of Film & Video at the National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad, India. He has been teaching at NID for nearly 15 years and the courses he conducts there include Scriptwriting, Direction and Film Appreciation.
He recently organized a much-acclaimed South Asian Documentary & Short Film Festival called ‘Alpavirama 2011’ and is currently writing a book on ‘Hindi Film Villains’.
In 2007 he was in Doha, Qatar, as a member of the International Jury at the Al Jazeera International Documentary Film Festival.
He has conducted popular short-term workshops in Scriptwriting and Film Appreciation throughout India.
Before joining NID, Prof. Gupta worked in the Indian television industry for ten years, including in TV channels like Zee TV and Home TV.
He has a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Delhi and a PG Diploma in Cinema (Direction) from the Film & Television Institute of India, Pune.
He lives with his wife Shashi, who is an author and filmmaker.
Reen Mohan is a documentary film maker and editor based in New Delhi. She graduated from the Film and TV Institute of India, Pune, in 1982 and has edited several features and over 50 documentaries, working out of India, Dubai, Kathmandu and London.
Her interest in early cinema led to an award winning debut film KAMLABAI (1992) and a paper OF WAYWARD GIRLS AND WICKED WOMEN (1995) on the contribution of women to the silent cinema of India. Since then she has made over 10 documentaries.
She has conducted workshops on documentary practice in leading educational institutions in India and Dubai.
She is the Festival Co-Director of the IAWRT Asian Women’s Film Festival, organized annually by the India Chapter of the International Association of Women in Radio and Television.
KESANG CHUKI DORJI
Kesang Chuki Dorjee worked with the Bhutan Broadcasting Service as a TV Presenter and Producer in the Women and Children unit before setting up her own audiovisual production company, KCD Productions, which specializes in documentaries addressing children and