Anjali Nayar

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Anjali Nayar


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  • Country:   Canada
  • Province/State:   Quebec
  • City:   Montreal
  • Field of Work:   Fiction/Scripted and Documentary
  • Rep:   Drew Mackenzie:
  • Interested In:   Directing TV For Hire, Directing Film/Digital for Hire, and Directing Music Videos/Commercials
  • Recent Credits:   Silas (TIFF, 2017), Escape (2018), Gun Runners (Hot Docs, 2016), Oil & Water (Hot Docs, 2020)
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In 2019, Anjali was named one of the top 40 filmmakers under 40 by DOCNYC and a director on the rise by Free The Work. Her work includes stories about an Afro-electric pop group that wants to go to Space, warriors-turned marathon runners, environmental activists overturning their government, and cross-continent escapes. Her films have been supported by Cinereach, Sundance, and Tribeca, screened at TIFF, IDFA and HotDocs, and won countless awards, jury prizes, gone theatrical, and been acquired by Netflix and Amazon.

Anjali is currently working on a fiction project based on her experience working at the nexus of data and politics as well as love story about her moms. Anjali also founded and leads TIMBY, a reporting and storytelling system for activists currently operational in 20 languages and 40 countries around the world.

Anjali sits on the advisory of the Environment and Human Rights Division of Human Rights Watch. She lectures in film, technology and journalism, with an emphasis on representation, democratizing narratives and whose stories we have the right to tell.

Before film, Anjali was a foreign correspondent based in Nairobi, and reported extensively across Africa and Asia for 10 years for Nature Magazine, Reuters, the CBC, France 24 and the BBC. She has also directed several branded campaigns for groups like Patagonia, the Mountain Equipment Co-Op and the San Diego Zoo.

Anjali has a Masters from Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism, a Masters in Environmental Change and Management from the University of Oxford and a Graduate degree in Space Science from the International Space University. She’s a Fulbright Scholar, a Commonwealth Scholar and a Governor General Bronze Medal Winner,