DocHouse Conversations: Smriti Mundhra

Documentary Podcast Series 2 | Episode 1
Dir: Smriti Mundhra

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DocHouse Conversations is delighted to be kicking off a three episode second series. Carol Nahra will be talking with each of three directors about a film which inspired them - and a film which changed their lives. 

First up is Smriti Mundhra, an Academy Award-nominated director/producer and one of DOC NYC’s 40 Under 40 Filmmakers to Watch. Her short film St. Louis Superman, co-directed with Sami Khan, was nominated for a 2020 Oscar in the short documentary category.  The film follows Bruce Franks Jr., a celebrated battle rapper and activist. Franks had  won a seat on the Missouri State Legislature; the directors followed him in the summer of 2018 as he worked to get a law passed that would recognize gun violence as a public health epidemic. Read Smriti's and Sami's IDA interview here.

In this DocHouse Conversations episode Carol will talk to Smriti about the making of A Suitable Girl and how it changed her life. They’ll also discuss what it’s like covering the same subject matter in two very different styles: an independent observational documentary shot over many years, and a fast turnaround reality series for Netflix


Smriti’s choice for the film that has inspired her is Paul Thomas Anderson’s Junun. The 2015 immersive documentary chronicles a three week musical collaboration between Israeli composer Shye Ben Tzur, Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood and ‘The Rajasthan Express’, in a 15th century fort in Jodhpur, Rajasthan. Rent Junun on AmazonYouTube, Google Play, iTunes 

See Smriti's Filmmaker Spotlight
Read more about Carol Nahra


St Louis Superman
Indian Matchmaking (Excecutive Producer)

A Suitable Girl


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