Aanchal Kapur

Aanchal's love for cinema dates back to her childhood days, when during the summer holidays her parents would take their two daughters to Sapru House (a hub for children's films). This interest grew in her student and early years as a gender specialist, as she was exposed to the work of independent filmmakers. 

Its now been two decades since she founded the Kriti Film Club, as a documentary screening initiative of her non-profit organisation - KRITI: a development praxis and communication team. The film club oscreens, curates  and distributes documentary films on peace, human rights, development environment, violence against women, child and women's rights, mental health, natural child birth, etc among diverse audiences across India. 

Aanchal has conceptualised and organised several issue-based, mini film festivals over the past 20 years and likes to collaborate with peer and student based organisations to screen relevant films on a regular basis. 

In the summer of 2020, the Kriti Film Club showed documentary films for 102 days of the lockdown and has since then tried to continue weekly or monthly screenings online on its platform www.doculive.in In November 2020, Aanchal curated the first South Asian Feminist Film Festival for Sangat, a South Asian Women’s Network and hosted the festival online on the above platform. From January to April 2021, Aanchal managed and hosted another online film festival in collaboration with One Billion Rising South Asia and Sangat. This Rising Gardens Film Festival was curated by Reena Mohan and gave Aanchal and her team rich experience in organizing online film events.

Aanchal has been closely involved (as curator and jury) with the film festivals such as the PSBT Open Frame, IAWRT, Jeevika, Dharamsala, Chalti Tasveerein, Vibgyor and Auroville Film Festival and is committed to using documentaries for social change. Recently, the Kriti Film Club showed documentary films for 102 days of the lockdown and now organises online, weekly and monthly screenings.

Aanchal Kapur has 30 years of work experience as a facilitator-trainer, documentation and communication specialist. She works with a gender and intersectionalities approach in building capacities, advising and strengthening developmental programming in the social sector. Over the last year, she has been leading Covid Relief work with unserved and resource poor women and their families in Dehradun and Delhi NCR.

Among the other initiatives spearheaded by Aanchal are 'Our Diary' (an annual planner documenting peoples movements), Gestures (a livelihoods support initiative), Rightscape (offers students, activists and professionals the opportunity for volunteering and making their contributions to the development, environment and human rights space). 

Aanchal has a MSc. in Development Studies (Gender, Social Policy and Planning), from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and a Masters in Political Science from Jawaharlal Nehru University. She graduated from Lady Shriram College for Women with a Bachelors in Political Science.

Aanchal works and lives out of Bombay/ Mumbai, New Delhi, Dehradun and online.

aanchal_kapur@hotmail.com