BA, Ottawa University (Ottawa, Canada); BA, Concordia University (Montreal, Canada); MFA, Temple University
Shanti Thakur, Professor and Director of RIT’s School of Film and Animation, is an award-winning filmmaker, recognized for visually lush fiction and documentary films that span a landscape of subjects from science fiction to restorative justice. Her poetic eye explores the essence of humanity, and how we perceive each other through the lens of history, memory and identity.
Her most recent feature-length documentary, Terrible Children, shares the discovered story of her Indian father, who was banished for marrying her Danish mother, via a letter that had remained unopened for 20 years.
A native of Montreal, Thakur’s films have screened at more than 200 film festivals and museums, including the Cannes Film Festival, The Museum of Modern Art and the Montreal World Film Festival, garnering 26 awards. Her films have been broadcast in 23 countries, on the Sundance Channel and Independent Lens, and are currently available on Amazon Prime, IndieFlix, Women Make Movies and the National Film Board of Canada. She writes, directs and produces through her company Lucida Films, LLC., and directed for the National Film Board of Canada.
In the News
September 28, 2022
Watch: Kathy Brew on the Design is One: Lella & Massimo Vignelli Documentary
Design Milk highlights the Vignelli Center for Design Studies’ Design Conversations Lecture Series.
September 26, 2022
School of Film and Animation director's documentary uncovers family stories
Shanti Thakur's hybrid-documentary Terrible Children has been met with a warm reception on the festival circuit. Screenings are scheduled in Rochester Oct. 20 and 22.
August 26, 2022
Film and animation students spend the semester in Los Angeles
Study Away: LA gives students in RIT’s School of Film and Animation the opportunity to spend time in Los Angeles for a semester to learn from industry professionals.