Anu Rana

Diverse Voices in Docs Coordinator

Anu Rana joined Kartemquin in November 2016 as the Program Coordinator for Diverse Voices in Docs.

Born in New Delhi, India, Anu Rana worked as a journalist and producer before moving to Chicago to complete her MFA in Film and Video. Her award-winning films have screened internationally and focus on themes of representation, identity, and varied perspectives in a global environment.

Her films include Variations, a portrait of three virtuoso artists as they challenge myopic views about disabilities; Preserves (producer), a poetic journey into one of the most biodiverse places on Earth, the Yasuní rainforest in Ecuador; and For The Records, a transmedia documentary focusing on mental health disorders in young adults. Her short documentary Ring Laila, about India’s first Mulsim women boxers, was used as a tool for empowering young women in rural, underserved villages around India after premiering at EDINDOCS and screening around the world.

She is currently in production on Language of Opportunity, a feature documentary exploring the role that English plays in the lives, hopes and dreams of a new generation of Indians; and Superdogs (wt), a documentary that follows three teams of mushers and their sled dogs as they all train for the annual Copperdog Race held in March in the upper peninsula of Michigan.

She has produced, directed, and wielded camera on documentaries filmed in India, Ecuador, Japan, South Africa and the USA. She received her MA in Communication from Pune University, India, and MFA in Film & Video from Columbia College Chicago. She currently teaches Documentary Filmmaking and Cinema Production at DePaul University's School of Cinematic Arts.