Meet the Panelist - Anuradha Rana

Anuradha Rana’s passion for finding and telling stories has inspired her work as a Journalist, TV Producer, Social Worker, Writer, and Filmmaker over the past 15 years. Her films have screened internationally and focus on themes of representation, identity, and varied perspectives. Previously, her short documentary Ring Laila was used as a tool for empowering girls and young women in rural, underserved villages around India.  Her most recent films include Variations, a portrait of three virtuoso artists as they challenge myopic views about disabilities, and Preserves (producer), a poetic journey into one of the most biodiverse places on Earth, the Yasuní rainforest in Ecuador. She is now exploring storytelling through transmedia as she completes an interactive documentary with game designer, Doris Rusch, and DePaul students about young adults and mental health. She has produced, directed, and wielded camera on social issue documentaries filmed in India, Ecuador, Japan, South Africa and the USA. She received her MFA in Film and Video from Columbia College Chicago and her MA in Mass Communication from the University of Pune, India. She currently teaches Cinema and Interactive Media at DePaul University, Chicago.