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A.K. is a Desi-American filmmaker who directs, produces, and writes films about female protagonists, the immigrant experience, and new perspectives on history. Probing themes such as race, class, spirituality, and cross-cultural solidarity, she tells stories to bridge the gap between our perceived differences and cultivate a deeper understanding of human connections.
A.K. has been awarded the Emerging Artist Award in the State of California and was the winner of SeriesFest Spotlight Your Town Pitch competition juried by Steve James and NatGeo executives. She was selected as part of the inaugural cohorts for DOC NYC/VC’s Storytelling Incubator and for Re-Take Oakland film fellowship for emerging BIPOC filmmakers.
Her debut award-winning film, ALIVE IN BRONZE: Huey P. Newton (previously known as For Love & Legacy) screened at festivals like Tribeca, PanAfrican, Mill Valley, and beyond before being acquired by Sheila Nevins for MTV Documentaries. The film is available for streaming on Paramount+.
A.K. is also the Co-Director, Producer, and Co-DP of her first documentary feature, Sign My Name To Freedom, about the lost music of Betty Reid Soskin. She is currently working on a mix of narrative and documentary projects. A.K. has earned degrees from Columbia University and U.C. Berkeley, and is an active member of A-Doc, Brown Girls Doc Mafia, CineFemme, D-Word and Collective of Documentary Women Cinematographers. She speaks English, Punjabi, and Hindi/Urdu.
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